Leblanc H Dynamic B Flat Clarinet
This is a Leblanc, Paris, H Dynamic Bb clarinet. The H Dynamic clarinet was made as a "top of the range" Leblanc, the specification includes: Offset trill keys, balanced key action, separate post mounted, C#/G# keys and Ab/Eb keys. Tapered tone holes and a cylindrical upper joint. The bore, at 15.00mm, was the largest that Leblanc manufactured in a Bb clarinet, and as the name H, for high, Dynamic suggests, it was made for the jazz market and competed with the Selmer Series 9. It was later badged the "Pete Fountain" model, and as such was often made with an articulated C#/G# key. The intonation and response are the equal of the most expensive French instruments sold today. This Bb has matching serial nos. 33721 and has Silver plate which does show slight wear throughout, mainly to the lowest RH rings, and the throat A key which has been shortened by a previous owner, see photo 12. Though online Leblanc serial number lists are unreliable, this clarinet was likely made in the 1960's. The wood is in overall excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs. The instrument has lightly used tan leather pads, and the pad condition is very good. The m'piece is a Selmer HS* marked on an oval on the table, in very good used condition. The case is a Yamaha in good condition.