Selmer Clarinet, used by Paquito D'Rivera

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Description (Brief)
This clarinet was made by Henri Selmer in Paris, France around 1957 to 1958. It is a Boehm System clarinet in B-flay, “Centered Tone” model, serial #Q9851, made of granadilla with silver keys and rings. This clarinet is stamped:

DEPOSE [/] HENRI [/] SELMER [/] FRANCE [/] Centered [/] Tone

Cuban-born jazz clarinetist, Paquito D’Rivera acquired this clarinet in the late 1950s and continued to use it until he donated the clarinet to the museum in 2005.
Date made
1957-1958
user
D'Rivera, Paquito
maker
Selmer, Henri
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
Physical Description
grenadilla (overall material)
nickel silver (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 28 1/2 in x 3 1/8 in; 72.39 cm x 7.9375 cm
cap: 2 1/2 in x 1 1/8 in; 6.35 cm x 2.8575 cm
clarinet: 22 5/8 in x 2 15/16 in; 57.4675 cm x 7.46125 cm
bell: 4 3/8 in x 3 1/8 in; 11.1125 cm x 7.9375 cm
ID Number
2005.0086.01
accession number
2005.0086
catalog number
2005.0086.01
Credit Line
Gift of Paquito D'Rivera
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Clarinets
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History

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