PLAY BLACK : an exceptionnal finish for oustanding clarinets

Since the creation of the company, musicians have been the starting point of all our adventures, and the black series that we present to you illustrates this again.
The acoustic definition of this instrument is the same – it is the finish of the keys and trim (posts, thumb rest, and rings) that is different.
We have covered these parts with a refined and long-lasting finish.
Today, Henri SELMER Paris is happy to add this finish to its catalogue for Privilège B-flat, A, and bass clarinets, as well as Présence clarinets in B-flat and A.

Prologue, the new SeleS by Henri SELMER Paris clarinet

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Presence, the new SeleS by Henri SELMER Paris clarinet

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The perfect match between richness and roundness of sound, with ease!

Henri SELMER Paris unveils, under the new brand SeleS, a never before seen clarinet called Présence.
Thanks to its innovative bore design, this clarinet has unique acoustic qualities that provide ease of emission, exceptional homogeneity and above all an instrument that is easy to play.
The sound of the Présence clarinet is a mix of harmonic richness, and timbre; essential characteristics to the instrument. Also, the research done on the position and size of the tone holes has given this clarinet unrivalled intonation. Specially designed keys, as well as new key orientations and positions, provide unmatched mechanical precision and response combined with player comfort. Présence clarinets are available in B-flat and A with two keywork finishes available: silver or nickel as an option. An E-flat lever is also available as an option.

New version of the Privilege Bb and A clarinets

The Privilège clarinets are exceptionally consistent in tuning, blending easily with other instruments in all acoustic settings including symphony, opera, large ensemble, chamber and in the studio. The perfectly balanced throat tone area (E, F, F#, G) really shines, making the Privilège extremely consistent over the entire range of the instrument. Additionally, most notes do not require corrective fingerings to be tuned, and extra correction keys are not necessary for notes in the low register (E and F).
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A more natural feel

Ergonomically redesigned keywork, including a new key shape and orientation for the right and left little fingers, and an improved mechanical response are among the developments that facilitate the clarinetist’s easy switch to the Privilège.

Selected premium quality wood

The highest quality grenadilla wood is selected, delicately worked, naturally treated, lacquered and waterproofed for a protection and finish at the top of its class.

Elegance that matches its performance

For the first time on clarinets, keys and barrel rings are adorned with fine engravings. Black matte chromed rings blend into the body color highlighting the clarinet’s pure silhouette. The finish is completed with an ‘S’ inlay in nickel silver, a legendary symbol of the brand founded in 1885 by clarinetist Henri Selmer.

New PRiSme cases

A new generation of cases accompany the Privilège and offer better protection through new insulation and shock-resistant materials. An optional cover can be purchased separately to complete the stylish new look.

Henri SELMER Paris entrusted with this project Philippe Berrod, Principal Clarinet of the Orchestre de Paris, professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and in-house tester. He was supported by a team of seasoned experts and international musicians, including Jérôme Verhaeghe, Solo Clarinet of the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Paris and professor at the Conservatoire de Paris XIIIe, who is at the origin of the Privilège clarinets. 

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