Robert Thibaud, Paris, B Flat Clarinet
This is a fine Grenadilla wood clarinet, made by Robert Thibaud, Paris, which will need a full restoration to make it playable. We are simply too busy in our workshop to undertake the task. There is one tight hairline surface crack to the upper joint, which does not go through to the bore. The German silver key work will need buffing to bring back its shine. The style of key work would appear to suggest an instrument made between the 1920s and 1930s, as would the fact that the bell and barrel are made in resin. The case is worn but functional. The instrument does play well with modern Vandoren m'pieces.