Noblet, Plateau B Flat Clarinet
An excellent condition Noblet, by Leblanc, Paris France, Plateau B flat clarinet. This is a completely wooden professional Noblet, with a covered hole mechanism, i.e. plateau. Noblet was founded in 1750, which made them the oldest clarinet manufacturer in the world, and the company was bought by Leblanc in the early 20th Century. All the key work, which is in Nickel Silver, is in fine condition, with no discernible wear. The Grenadilla wood throughout is in excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs. The clarinet has just been fully overhauled in cork and white leather pads, an "Artist Quality" set up. The matching serial numbers are A9005. The case is brand new, but unfortunately there is a tear to the outer pouch, see photo 12. The m'piece is also brand new, a Yamaha 4C. This clarinet continued to be manufactured by Leblanc right up until they ceased manufacture in 2009. It was described by them as "specifically designed for the younger player, doubler or even the arthritic player who may have difficulty covering the standard open-tone-hole".