Conn, Propeller Wood, Clarinet in B Flat
A Conn Pan -American Clarinet in Cocobolo wood which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument was an ingenious solution by Conn to the scarcity of Grenadilla wood during, and just after, the Second World War. A similar wood was used in the manufacture of WWII Bomber Propellers', hence the nick name; "Propeller wood clarinet". This is a wide bore clarinet; primarily aimed at the Jazz market, it plays with a warm and flexible sound. Whilst Benny Goodman endorsed Selmer clarinets, Artie Shaw endorsed wide bore Conn instruments. There is a banded crack repair to the top joint, the crack has also been glued and filled. The keywork is in fair condition, with plating wear to some of the keys, mainly on the upper joint . The pads are used fish skin, which are sealing well. The serial no. is 140546. The barrels are not original, one is a Noblet in ebonite, the other a Busine, in Grenadilla wood.