Couesnon, Monopole B Flat Clarinet
This is a top of the range "Monopole" Conservatoire model Bb 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 early 1960's and is in very good condition. The instrument was manufactured to a high standard with tenon rings to the upper joint and a metal sleeve to the receiver tenon of the lower joint. The matching serial nos. are 01243. The nickel plated key work is in excellent order throughout with no wear. The double bladder fish skin pads, though used, are all sealing well, and all corks are also good. The Grenadilla wood is in very fine condition throughout, with only one tiny chip to the lowest tenon rim of the lower joint, see photo 4. The bore is 14.7mm, remarkably close to a Buffet R13 of the period. There are 2 supplied barrels of 62.7mm & 64.9mm. The case is in good condition, as is the supplied Mitchell Lurie m'piece.