Couesnon, Monople, A Clarinet
This is a top of the range "Monopole" Conservatoire model A clarinet made by Couesnon. At one time they were the largest French manufacturer of band instruments, and trumpet and clarinet manufacture continued until the 1960's. Auguste Perier, the great French clarinettist, endorsed the "Monopole" clarinet, which was considered one of the best instruments in the period after the 1st World War. This example probably dates from the late 1930's and is in very good condition. The matching serial nos., on all wooden pieces, are 21689. The Maillechort key work is in good order throughout. The double bladder fish skin pads are lightly used, they are all sealing well. There are cork pads on the register key and two lowest trill keys. All touch and tenon corks are also good. The Grenadilla wood is very fine with no cracks or damage. The supplied case has a repair to one of the rear hinges, but is in good condition. The original Couesnon m'piece is stamped "A Perier, Conservatoire". This older professional model tunes very well and would pair nicely with any modern French bore Bb clarinet.