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 Noblet 45 plateau
Author: clarimad 
Date:   2019-11-11 03:03

I've noticed one of these has been put on "that selling site". Are they any good?

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 Re: Noblet 45 plateau
Author: m1964 
Date:   2019-11-11 09:43

From clarinetsdirect:
"It is identical to the intermediate model Noblet 45, except that the mechanism is covered hole, i.e. plateau.
Unlike some of the cheaper models in the range, this clarinet is made entirely from Grenadilla wood."
The regular 45s seem to sell in $200-$400 range mostly.
The plateau clarinet probably would be more expensive since there are not as many available.
Any repairs can be more expensive as well.

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 Re: Noblet 45 plateau
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2019-11-11 10:07

Noblet clarinets are on the whole excellent instruments. And a plateaux one is a fairly rare and much demanded instrument for players with arthritis as there aren't any makers to my knowledge currently offering them (except for some cheapo Chinese offerings).

Provided the ventings (key heights) are made good, these clarinets should play as freely as a regular ring key clarinet. If I had one, I'd cork pad it like an oboe or cor anglais rather than using skin or leather pads in the main action.

And yes, you can do the 'Rhapsody In Blue' gliss on one if you happened to be wondering.


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 Re: Noblet 45 plateau
Author: donald 
Date:   2019-11-11 14:57

I have a Noblet Plateau clarinet (plastic, looks like from 1970s) that I have been meaning to sell, but it needs a repad...

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 Re: Noblet 45 plateau
Author: Tony F 
Date:   2019-11-11 16:23

I also have a plastic Noblet plateau clarinet. I bought it when I had a problem with carpal tunnel syndrome, and now I'm keeping it for when arthritis catches up with me. It plays and tunes quite well with the right mouthpiece, although it can sound a bit bright, if you know what I mean.

Tony F.

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 Re: Noblet 45 plateau
Author: Ursa 
Date:   2019-11-11 16:25

I've owned the Normandy 14P sibling model of the Noblet 45P and it played very well indeed when set up properly.

I ended up selling mine to a colleague who is suffering from arthritis. Having a plateau clarinet has made it possible for him to keep playing.

The one at auction now has to be among the very last 45P clarinets produced and I doubt you'll find one in better shape.

However...every now and then a wooden Normandy plateau clarinet (usually the model 10P) comes along at auction and usually goes for under US$200. Acoustically, it's the same as the Noblet 40P/45P. You might find better value with one of these in good fixer-upper condition, and having it overhauled to your exact specifications. As Chris P mentioned above, I'd have mine fitted with cork pads--at least on the trill keys, throat keys, C#/G#, and on the tone holes normally fitted with a ring key.

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