Selmer, Basset Horn
This is a Selmer Basset Horn in Grenadilla wood, to low C, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument was formerly owned by a London based professional who is in the process of purchasing a new home, hence the reason for the sale. The Selmer design of Basset Horn differs radically from that of Buffet and Leblanc in that it is a small bore design which plays with a Bb clarinet mouthpiece. Buffet and Leblanc Basset Horn designs are essentially modified Alto clarinets.
It goes without saying that Basset Horns do not get heavy use, and this example has been exceptionally well maintained. The Silver plated keywork is very good and shows only minimal wear to the LH index finger, the plating is about 99%. There are two crooks one for use at A=440 the other A=442. The bell shows no damage, only light surface scratches and one tiny pin head ding. This BH has been exceptionally well maintained and had a comprehensive overhaul only 3 years ago, with all pads, bar one [the low C] being replaced. Most of the leather pads therefore are all in "as new" condition. The wood is in pristine condition with no cracks or repairs. Selmer is generally held to be the finest manufacturer in the world of harmony clarinets, and this instrument would retail today new for over £10000. The matching Selmer serial nos. are X1960 which dates to 1972. The m'piece is a used Woodwind K10M in excellent condition. The original case shows some interior and exterior scuffs but is fully serviceable, it comes with the key.