Matched Pair of Selmer Privilege Clarinets
A near mint pair of Selmer Privilege clarinets which have had only very careful owner. The reason that they cannot be described as "mint" is due to the fact that the pads are not brand new and slight wear to the tenon corks. These are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct and were bought new 4 years ago. This is Selmer's flagship model and Privilege clarinets are undoubtedly among the best designed French instruments worldwide, featuring many improvements over other manufacturer's models. These include a metal tenon insert at the top of the lower joint and a sculpted rear touchpiece for the register key. Overall the impression is that the key work ergonomics are superb, and the design is built to withstand many years of professional use. The upper joint features a large reversed cone which narrows to 14.6mm. This results in exceptionally accurate twelfths, and overall the intonation is superior to most other French designed instruments today.
Bb clarinet, has matching serial numbers R00709: The wood is in perfect condition. All the Silver plate key work is in pristine condition. The look and solid feel of the key work is far superior to most contemporary Buffet manufacture. The white leather pads, whilst used, are all sealing well, and will be good for many months to come. The lower pads feature metal reflectors for improved sound emission. The 3 original Selmer barrels are Evolutions of 66.5mm, & 64.5mm, and barrel with "Privilege" on the carbon fibre tenon ring of 65.5mm .
The A clarinet has wood is in excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate is very fine, and the pads are similar to the Bb. The 2 original Selmer Evolution barrels are of 64.5mm, & 65.5mm The matching serial numbers are R002294. The original Selmer case is of excellent design, and is in superb used condition. A pristine leather case cover is also supplied. This pair currently sell new for well in excess of £8000.