Matched Pair of Rossi English Bore Clarinets
Clarinets Direct is fortunate to have many of the the finest clarinettists amongst our clientele, this pair are a commission sale for such a London based professional.This is an exceptionally fine pair of Rossi English bore clarinets in aged African Blackwood. These instruments were supplied new from Luis Rossi in 2013, and have had only one careful owner, a leading young professional player, who played the clarinets successfully for around two years only, before changing to a different Rossi model, the Symphony Legacy. As a result, these clarinets are in almost pristine ‘as new’ condition but have benefit of being blown in. At the time of manufacture, Luis Rossi described this pair as the best of his work. Indeed, the response, evenness and accuracy of the scale is world class. They have been used professionally in some of the leading UK orchestras, including the Philharmonia, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. These are powerful and resonant clarinets and the sound is smooth, rich, full bodied, and centred.
The instruments feature an English bore based on the pre-war 1010, but with much improved acoustics and intonation: Please note the booster key for throat Bb as well as the compensating low G/D vent, which corrects an inherent problem in wide bore 1010 type clarinets that rely on Boosey & Hawkes type key work. The wood is in excellent condition throughout, with no cracks or damage. These clarinets feature Luis Rossi’s hand made bespoke keywork, which is heavily silver plated and in excellent condition. Most of the pads are original Rossi pads, but those that were worn have been replaced with tan leather pads. The clarinets have recently undergone a thorough renovation, and so are in perfect playing condition. The Bb has serial number E1119 and the A, E1121. The pair comes with 5 blackwood barrels (64, 65, 66, 67 and 69mm) and one Amaranto wood barrel of 67mm. As the bores of the instruments are identical, the barrels can be used on both clarinets. The pair comes with the original Luis Rossi mouthpiece which is in excellent condition, and the original double case.