Lefebvre Bel Opera

My thanks to Patrick Norton for giving me the opportunity to review this clarinet!

Serial #A85

Barrel: 64.3mm

Bore LH joint top: 14.8mm

Bore LH joint at bottom: 14.8mm

Intonation results taken when playing loud and not lipping. See how to interpret these results on the Model Comparison Page.

For this test, I pulled 0 at the barrel and 1.0mm at the center tenon.

Intonation summary: This is quite usable intonation. Instead of sharp notes in the chalumeau, we have flat notes in the clarion. It would be possible to undercut the holes to improve that.

Key work quality: The keys don’t shine up all that bright. The crow foot is not very thick. This is just the standard quality for clarinets of the time, which would probably have been in the 1930s.

This clarinet is most appropriate for: beginning students to intermediate players

Condition issues noted: Two chips were fixed on either end of the LH joint.