Leblanc, Paris, LL A Clarinet
A good example of a Leblanc LL A clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner used this A to pair with her Buffet E13 Bb, and this clarinet will pair well with most other professional quality Bb clarinets by other manufacturers. Leon Leblanc was a gifted clarinettist, who though he took the top performing prize at the Paris Conservatoire as a young man, chose to stay with the family business, and apply himself to instrument manufacture. He was determined to bringing acoustical, mechanical, and musical improvements to woodwind instruments. Although Leblanc's instruments were almost entirely handmade, Leon Leblanc insisted that the craftsmen follow careful measurements. "Music is an art, but it is still governed by the laws of science," he declared (Music Trades, July 1996). As a result, Leblanc instruments were more consistent than those that had come before. The company continued to strive for consistent quality, ease of playability, and mechanical innovation, throughout its history. The LL model, named for Leon, was, some feel, the pinnacle of this achievement. This A is in good condition, and has matching serial nos. 42676 . It is in Nickel Silver plate, which shows some "cloudiness" and tarnish, but no significant wear. The pads are finest tan leather throughout in good condition. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is in fine order throughout. The case is used but fully functional, and the supplied m'piece is a Selmer HS*. This A responds very well with excellent evenness and intonation, and it would suit a player looking for a professional quality A at a bargain price.