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- Selmer, Paris, Bass Clarinet to low E Flat
Selmer, Paris, Bass Clarinet to low E Flat
A rare, and possibly unique, early Selmer, Paris, Bass clarinet. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, the former, and sole owner, being a London based professional. This is an original logo Selmer, with serial number, 692, this puts the date of manufacture prior to 1925. Clarinets Direct have sold "A" prefix Selmer clarinets, with the original invoice dated to 1925. Unfortunately most serial number lists online are unreliable, and it is only with primary source proof, such as an original invoice that one can reliably date early Selmer clarinets. Most authorities agree that the "K" prefix Selmer clarinets date from the late 1920's. The modern logo was introduced in 1930, though confusingly some 1931 Selmer clarinets, according to serial number lists, still had the early logo stamped. It is hard to believe that this Bass dates prior to 1925 as the design was way ahead of its' time: There is a fully automatic double overblowing mechanism, a LH Ab/Eb lever, and an overblowing hole in LH 1. Admittedly the design of the overblowing mechanism is unwieldy and complex, Selmer simplified and improved this later on. But, to all intents and purposes, this is a low Eb Bass basically as Selmer still manufacture today, a century later.
The wood throughout is in very good condition, with minor surface marks and scratches. The pads are all white leather in lightly used condition. The German Silver keywork shows a natural patina due to age, but is in excellent condition. This Bass has been down to our workshop for regulation and touch cork replacement as necessary.
There is no floor peg, as the last owner used a sling. The case is a Leblanc which shows much wear, but is functional. The m'piece is a used Vandoren 3V, which is moderately open.