Selmer/Planas Bass Clarinet to Low E Flat
A Selmer Bass Clarinet to low Eb. This instrument is likely of pre-WWII manufacture, as it has matching serial numbers 891. Originally made to low E, it was then subsequently modified by Ted Planas, who was for many years the Selmer agent in the UK. It was part of a large collection of instruments owned by a leading London professional, he owned 6 professional Bass Clarinets. It is likely that the instrument was re-plated in Nickel plate, at some point, as originally the key work was in German Silver. The additional low Eb key is still in German Silver, it was never plated. The Nickel plating does show wear throughout. The wood is in good condition for a vintage Bass with no cracks or repairs. In common with all Paris Selmer Bass clarinets, this example has a double overblowing vent, it also has a compensating low G/D vent [unlike the even earlier original logo Selmer Bass on our website at the moment with S/N 698]. Indeed, it is interesting to note the advances in mechanism and design introduced by Selmer in a period of only 10 years or so. The pads are a mixture of tan and white leather, with the larger pads having reflectors. The pads are all sealing but some will need replacing in the near future. The m'piece is a George Howarth, which has a close and short lay. The case has been adapted so that it could be carried aboard a plane as hand luggage, with an extendable handle and wheels. Though heavily used the case is in good serviceable condition. This Bass plays evenly and very well in tune across the entire range. It would suit a professional on a budget, and is an outstanding example of an early low Eb Selmer Bass.