Selmer Series 9 Star Clarinet – Full Boehm – T1202
This is a lovely Selmer 9 * Full Boehm Bb clarinet. Serial number T1202, manufactured in 1963.
The Selmer Series 9 clarinets preceded this Selmer 9-Star.
And the Series 9 (1960’s) clarinets replaced the “Centered Tone” model.
Up through the Series 9, the Selmer philosophy was to use a large diameter tone hole with no undercutting (straight sided tone holes) and an almost purely cylindrical bore. The larger tone holes do produce a more robust tone, but the twelfths are “short” and tend to be very sharp in the fundamental when playing pianissimo. The Series 9 (no star) was recommended for Jazz, while the Series 9* was recommended for symphonic work.
The 9* was Selmer’s move toward reducing tone hole diameters in some areas and introduced undercutting. Undercut tone holes, offer a more flexible tone (perhaps a bit more free blowing).
This is a Full Boehm clarinet. However, it does not have the added Eb low note, but rather, it has the standard range for a Bb clarinet.
Tight-grained Grenadilla wood has no cracks or splits. Nickel-plated keywork in excellent condition.
Older pads and corks are sealing and playing well.
Comes with a heavily scratched Buffet mouthpiece and Luybens ligature. Also comes with the original Selmer zipper case. All as shown in the photos.
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By the way, about the history of these instruments: Although the Series 9 is described as replacing the Centered Tone (C-T), the earliest Series 9 clarinets had R-prefix serial numbers, while the last of the C-Ts had S-prefix numbers, suggesting that a few C-Ts were being finished while the Series 9s were coming out in large numbers. Also, the earliest of the Series 9 (STAR) instruments were marked with R-prefix numbers, meaning that they were being built at the same time as the earliest of the regular Series 9. The only historical marketing brochures found online present the Series 9 and the Series 9 (STAR) together, suggesting that they were being introduced at about the same time.
In the realm of Selmer trivia: There exists aSelmer Series 9 (no STAR), with a U-prefix serial number, on which the tone hole that sits under the right ring finger is fraised. There are other Series 9 clarinets, one X prefix and one Y prefix, both which had the same fraising. It is fairly certain that the later Series 9 clarinets did have undercutting on at least one tone hole. If you happen to have a Series 9, take a look with a pen light or a bore light.
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