Item #0026674 Model #40

Selmer Paris Model 40 Contra Alto Clarinet Standard


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Astonishing resonance and projection in a historic design.

The Selmer Model 40 Contra Alto Clarinet is an instrument of unparalleled quality that honors its Parisian heritage. Featuring an innovative Boehm system keywork with 18 keys, 7 rings, an articulated G#, Eb lever and automatic octave key, it produces a resonant tone with precise intonation. Its Brazilian rosewood body and silver-plated brass bell provide a warm, rich sound with impressive projection suitable for any ensemble.
Innovative Keywork Enables Enhanced Resonance and Intonation
The Model 40's innovative Boehm system keywork includes additional keys and levers not found on standard clarinets, enabling a resonant tone with accurate pitch throughout the range of the instrument. The articulated G# and Eb keys and automatic octave key provide seamless transitions between registers. With 18 keys and 7 rings engineered for ergonomic comfort, this clarinet is a joy to play.

Premium Materials Create a Warm, Powerful Tone
The Model 40's Brazilian rosewood body and silver-plated brass bell provide a warm, rich tone with impressive volume. Rosewood's dense grain helps produce vibrant overtones, while the silver plating on the brass bell enhances projection. Together, these premium materials create an instrument with a powerful yet nuanced voice equally suited to ensemble or solo playing.

Silver-Plated Nickel Silver Neck Responds with Ease
The Model 40's silver-plated nickel silver neck offers durability and responsiveness. Nickel silver, an alloy of nickel, copper and zinc, provides strength and stability. Its silver plating reduces friction for a smooth feel and quick response. The neck's tapered undercut design also improves airflow for free-blowing playability throughout the range of the instrument.

Premium Pads and Resonators Optimize Vibration
High-quality leather pads and metal resonators on the Model 40 maximize vibration for a full, resonant tone. The leather pads form an airtight seal to optimize the instrument's resonance, while the metal resonators amplify vibration. Together, these premium components enable the Model 40 to produce a tone of astonishing depth and warmth. Experience the unparalleled quality of the Selmer Model 40 Contra Alto Clarinet. Order today.


  • Key of Eb
  • 25.10mm bore
  • Range down to low Eb
  • Boehm system, 18 keys/7 rings
  • Articulated G#
  • Eb lever
  • Automatic octave key
  • Silver-plated nickel silver neck, adjustable for tuning
  • Brazilian rosewood body
  • Silver-plated brass bell
  • Adjustable stand
  • Silver-plated nickel silver keywork
  • Leather pads with metal resonators
  • Stainless steel needle springs