Selmer, Paris, Bass Clarinet to low E Flat
This is a good condition Selmer Paris Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The only former owner was a London based jazz professional, Duncan Lamont. The Selmer Paris Bass is considered the finest in the World due to its excellent ergonomics, and automatic double over-blowing vent for the second register. All German Silver key work is in very good condition with little wear. The serial nos. are M4006 which dates to 1944. Given the age of this Bass, and the fact that it was much used by its' original owner, there are signs of wear, and also a repaired crack to the upper joint, which runs from the top tenon to the first trill key hole. The crack, was pinned, glued and repaired with a metal band most probably by Ted Planas. It does not run through to the bore. The crack occurred soon after the Bass was first bought, and has been stable, with heavy professional use, for over 70 years. The top joint also shows a noticeable indentation to the wood on the upper joint, possibly it was dropped which caused the crack, please hover your mouse over photo 8 to observe the wood closely. The Bass can be heard being played by Duncan Lamont in the following Youtube clip, and the metal band can be seen.
We have removed the metal band as part of a complete overhaul and restoration, which has just been done in our workshop. All pads are brand new Pisoni Tan leather, with reflectors on the largest pads. The Bass is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The bell and crook are in good condition, with only minor dings. There is also what appears to be an original factory fitted pair of patches to the bell, these are symmetrical, and it is possible they were there for use with a stand. This instrument will play perfectly out of the case. We have fitted a floor peg to the bell. and a spike is supplied. The case is a used BAM, in very good condition. The m'piece is a used Selmer C**.