Ward & Winterbourn E Flat Clarinet
A rare Ward & Winterbourn Eb clarinet. Ward & Winterbourn had worked for Boosey & Hawkes, and later set up in London as manufacturers of oboes and clarinets. Initially they made instruments for Peter Eaton, and, in turn, he made the m'pieces for their Eb clarinet which is based on an English pre-war Louis design.
This clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, having been owned by a professional player. The condition is excellent, with no wear to the silver plate, and no cracks or damage to the wood. The pads are all tan leather in good condition. The mouthpiece shows hardly any wear, and responds well with Vandoren No. 3 traditional reeds. The serial numbers are 021. This fine Eb would suit a player looking for a more relaxed traditional "English" sound.