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 Selmer ST. Louis Clarinet - Like New
Author: fromsfca 2017
Date:   2020-02-16 16:13

Serial #: Q00484
This is a professional level Bb clarinet produced by Selmer from 2000 or so through the 2014 or so. I got it from a music store selling off inventory. A customer had bought it new in 2013 and traded it back in on something different.

This is the forerunner of a current Selmer professional clarinet (I don’t remember which one), though with more appearance upgrades, like the snazzy two tone sliver/gold rings.. Some would call it a “jazz clarinet”…I don’t think there is such a thing. There are clarinets played by jazz players, but none expressly designed or manufactured for that purpose. The tone is open and free blowing due to the bore size (feel is just like the later CTs, with that easy blowing bore).

I tried a couple of different mouthpiece/reed (Selmer, Vandoren and Portnoy) combinations and a 3.5 felt too soft. The sound is a bit on the sweet sound, but I only it for an hour, so there’s far more subtlety in the sound then I was able to explore. I played it yesterday in my tio d'anches (I normally sit oboe/flute, and we have a couple of two clarinet/bassoon arrangements) and it played beautifully...so much so, I may keep it and sell my Yamaha CSG Custom II instead.

The hand feel is great: Selmer has the reputation for excellent key work (highly subjective) and I've always been a Selmer guy (except for 10 years on a Buffet S1, having the same character as a big bore Selmer).

I have a chamber reed trio rehearsal today (we play three pieces with 2 clarinets, normally I sit flute/oboe seat) and will try it in that setting.

The pads are all white leather bladder (leather?), with the three low notes also having a small metal resonators (E/B, F/C, and F#/C#).

Bore diameter : 14.5 mm/0.571 inch (B flat)
Comes with two barrels (conical bore), a 66.5 mm & 64.5 mm and in addition to standard Boehm (17 keys, 6 rings), also has the left-hand Eb lever.

They could be bought tuned to either 440 (American) or 442 (European). I have a tendency to play flat (common for doublers who don't have time to practice tight embouchures) and always play a short barrel. I used the shorter 64.5 barrel and played consistently at A=440 throughout the range. Intonation is impressive across the horn’s range (throat tones a bit flat, but...hey, it's a clarinet). It also has the left hand Ab/Eb….I know a number of people who don’t like them. I wouldn’t play a clarinet without one...in fact, all my other clarinets have them.

The keys are made out of a rigid and highly resistant material called nickel-silver, ensuring precise manufacturing.

Come with a Selmer C85/120 with "Ligaphone" ligature. The mouthpiece has a tooth saver, which I personally do not like (too fat in my mouth), so I didn’t use it…piece looks new.

The clarinet condition is like new: upper pads do appear to have some use (a little dirty), the lower joint pads look like new. The wood has no cracks, runs or other imperfections. Selmer was using select woods and it shows. The case doesn’t look like it’s ever left the house. It’s a heavy plastic shell (like a plastic suitcase) with foam and felt inside. Plenty of room for mouthpiece, reeds and stuff.

If you want a cheap clarinet, this is not for you. If you want a professional level clarinet which looks new and plays great....this one's for you.

$2,500 - shipping extra, PP F&F

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