Just finished this M. Lacroix Bb Boehm clarinet and it plays so well that I'm wondering if anyone knows who made it? Was Lacroix a maker or is this a stencil? It reminds me a lot of a Thibouville Freres, both in construction quality and response. It has thick ring keys, post lock-downs on the lower stack and the lowest (double) post on the upper stack is silver soldered to a bar with 2 screws in the body - much like Selmer or Buffet - rather than just screwed into the body like many contemporaries. It also has a leaf spring under the C#, screw adjustment for Ab/A, and 2 posts for the LH pinky keys rather than one. I've done some looking around online and found no info. This is too good a horn to remain anonymous! Tone is warm and focused, intonation is good, response is very even through the registers and the throat tones speak well. You could spend a lot of money today to get as good an instrument! Would love to hear from anyone with inside information :)
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