The story of the Selmer Company dates back to the 1800’s with brothers Alexandre and Henri Selmer’s graduation from the Conservatoire de Paris. In 1885, Henri began making reeds, mouthpieces, and clarinets in Paris. Alexandre Selmer moved to the United States performing as the principal clarinetist for the Boston Symphony.
In the late 1920’s Bundy purchased the American business from the Selmer brothers, while maintaining the exclusive distributorship of Henri Selmer Paris products in the US. In 1948, Selmer produced the first successfully molded plastic clarinet called the Bundy Resonite 1400. The clarinet was modeled after the famous Selmer Paris BT clarinet used by notable artists like Benny Goodman. The clarinet established a reputation for affordability and high quality and by 1978, sold over one million units.
The Selmer Company continued to grow acquiring other legendary brands and makers such as Vincent Bach, Buescher, Glaesel, Ludwig, Musser, Emerson, and William Lewis.
As an affordable option for beginning students, the Prelude CL710 clarinet combines value and performance.
The small .569” complex bore gives students more resistance that helps develop a well controlled even focused mature sound with better projection at all dynamic levels.
Specially designed drop forged, nickel-silver keys are durable and resistant to bending.
The brushed composite body uses a denser material to provide a look, sound, and response similar to wood instruments.
Prelude instruments are offered with a stylish lightweight case for easy travel.