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Vintage Grenadilla Leblanc Paris 'Pete Fountain' Model Bb Clarinet - Serial # 57710

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Product ID: 57710LeblancPFClarinet


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This is an outstanding vintage Leblanc “Pete Fountain” model Bb clarinet, serial number 57710. This instrument has just been lovingly restored in our repair shop by Audrey Denny, and ships now with a fresh set of pads. It is a great instrument for jazz clarinetists and doublers.


This instrument is in fine condition for its age. The grenadilla wood body shows no previous cracks or crack repairs. The original keywork has some minor finish wear, but the keywork remains tight and there are no previous repairs there either. The original bell is included, but the barrel has been replaced with a Buffet Crampon Paris model, a shorter version (62mm) to match what this instrument would have originally included.


Audrey repadded this instrument using premium Valentino Master pads throughout, with synthetic material used for the key adjustment corks. Tenon corks have been replaced, all springs have been set, and the action has been regulated top to bottom, so it really does feel like a new instrument again. This clarinet plays with a very open sound, and is a free blowing instrument while retaining a lot of warmth and color. It takes your air quickly, and seems to match well with larger facing mouthpieces, so perfect for the type of music it is geared towards. A very comfortable playing horn.