Dating yamaha acoustics
Unusually it has a low A/E vent instead of a low G/D compensating vent.So for these reasons it is perhaps best described as an experimental Schmidt Reform Boehm Eb.
A superb Boehm system clarinet made by the last maker of the legendary Albert family.The LH F/C touchpiece has been enlarged, see photos photos 7 & 8.The case is in fair condition with some wear to the interior lining, the handle is missing.The pair was bought new in the mid-1980s, and were selected with the help of Ray Carpenter, then Principal Clarinet of the BSO. The Silver plating shows some wear, commensurate with use, mainly to the ring finger touchpieces, and the bottom RH "pinky" keys.The Grenadilla wood is in good condition throughout, though there is a small chip to the outer rim of the top tenon of the Bb, see photo 4.The intonation and scale are amazing, this Eb actually approaches a Bb clarinet for quality of sound.
The clarinet plays well with the supplied new Leitner & Kraus m'piece. The original m'piece is included though it shows much wear, as it may be of use to the next owner should they wish to have it copied.
The case, which I believe to be original, still latches and protects the Eb well.
An extremely fine pair of Buffet R13 clarinets in Silver plate, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.
The German Silver keywork is good, very solid, and with an excellent shine.
The wood is in amazing condition for its age, with no cracks or repairs, only light surface marks. This instrument was made in the late 1920's or very early 1930's as Albert had moved to London by 1933 and this clarinet is stamped "Made in Belgium".
In the past 8 years many other UK dealers have either gone out of business, or compromised on the quality of the instruments they offer to the customer.