Leblanc LL E Flat Clarinet
An extremely rare and fine G Leblanc LL Eb Clarinet, in very good condition. Leon Leblanc was determined to bringing acoustical, mechanical, and musical improvements to the manufacture of woodwind instruments. Although Leblanc's instruments were almost entirely handmade, Leon Leblanc insisted that the craftsmen follow careful measurements. "Music is an art, but it is still governed by the laws of science," he declared (Music Trades, July 1996). As a result, Leblanc instruments were more consistent than those that had come before. The company continued to strive for consistent quality, ease of playability, and mechanical innovation, throughout its history. The LL model, named for Leon, was, some feel, the pinnacle of this achievement.
The serial nos. are 38098, the wood has no cracks or repairs, and is in fine order throughout. The nickel silver plated keywork shows some slight wear to the ring fingers and throat G# key. The pads, which are fish skin pads, are brand new throughout. This instrument tunes exceptionally well, and demonstrates a surprisingly warm and even tone for an Eb clarinet. The m'pieces one is a used Vandoren B44 in ebonite. The case is again in good condition.