Martel B Flat Clarinet
This is the quintessential French clarinet; possibly the finest ever French makers were Martel Freres. Each instrument was completely hand made and undercut, this lastprocess alone took 2-3 days, until a perfectly even scale was achieved. Hawkes and Co. came to the surviving Martel brother after WW1 to help them design their own legendary Hawkes' Martels, as played by Reginald Kell, Charles Draper etc These evolved into the Boosey and Hawkes pre-war 1010 from which the genealogy of fine English wide bore instruments can be traced to the present day. The playing characteristics are unique and exceptional: Perfect uninhibited open response, and excellent tuning make for a true "players clarinet" which is a physical delight to blow.
This example is stamped " Martel Freres a Paris" and is in excellent condition with matching stamps on all main pieces. The wood is in very good condition for a vintage clarinet, with only light surface marks and scratches, no cracks, damage, or repairs. All Maillechort key work and springs are in excellent order. The clarinet has just beed fully overhauled, and is sold with our full 1 year Clarinets Direct warranty.. The supplied Vandoren 5RV m'piece tunes perfectly at A=440. The case is a modern light weight example.