Selmer "L" Series B Flat clarinet, Bob Wilber Collection
This is an early Selmer L series Bb clarinet which belonged to the late Bob Wilber.
This clarinet has obscured serial numbers, but it is possible that the serial number on the lower joint is L3133, which dates to 1932, this would certainly fit with the ownership characteristics of Bob Wilber's collection The instrument was supplied new by a London dealer, the address was 12 Moor Street, W1. The clarinet has seen extensive use; there is much wear to the key work, which has been re-plated in Silver at some point. The barrel has a repaired crack, has had the top tenon bushed in metal, and has also has an interior patch to the bore, presumably for tuning reasons. See photos. This clarinet demonstrates extremely fine intonation and evenness across the range. There appears to be additional tuning work also to the bore of the upper joint, or, it may be that there are repairs to internal cracks. We have just fully overhauled in finest Pisoni fish skin pads, and the clarinet is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The supplied case is in excellent condition and comes with the keys. NB. No m'piece is supplied with the clarinet, and the supplied case is shown in the first photo. Below are some links to Bob Wilber playing clarinet.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdTJrUPVJ5A (With Bobby Hackett in 1962)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrYFhkqR0xo (With Bobby Hackett in 1962)