Leblanc, Normandy, Plateau B Flat Clarinet
The Normandy Bb clarinet was a range of student clarinets made by Leblanc. This clarinet was based on the Noblet professional model, it has a bore of 14.85mm, it is a rare plateau clarinet, i.e. all touchpieces are covered hole. The Nickel Silver key work shows no wear, indeed this clarinet is in exceptionally good condition for an instrument that dates to the 1960s. The pads are tan leather throughout, in excellent condition. There are no cracks or damage to the body which is of resonite, with the body parts being molded. The serial nos. are 20484.
This clarinet would suit a doubler on sax or flute, or even the arthritic player who may have difficulty covering the standard open tone-hole ring keys. The case is the original in good condition, and the m'piece is a student model in good condition. The instrument responds very well for a plateau; with none of the usual "stuffiness" in the RH lower register & the intonation is excellent.