Clarinet – RIVA, Giacinto


Category Clarinets
Maker RIVA, Giacinto
Marks and inscriptions [a star]
(on all parts except mouthpiece)
Period 1830-1900
Place of origin Italy
Description B-flat boxwood clarinet with nickel silver rings and keys by Giacinto Riva
Materials Boxwood, nickel silver
Dimensions Total length 647 mm (inc. mouthpiece)
Weight 474 g
Weight with case 985 g
Condition Sold as is, for restoration
Accessories Original case
Price (€) €1,050.00
Ref 1038


Thirteen-keyed B-flat clarinet by Giacinto RIVA

At last… we have an Italian instrument for sale! This 13-keyed B-flat clarinet is crafted in boxwood, with nickel silver rings and keys. The workmanship is of a very high level and the boxwood has a lovely, aged honey colour. It is sold in its original case!
Giacinto Riva worked in San Giovanni in Persiceto in the province of Bologna, Italy between about 1839 and 1861. He then moved just under 50 kilometres away to Ferrara where he worked until 1872. It seems that Giacinto Riva made and successfully exhibited all kinds of woodwind instruments, including clarinets, oboes, bassoons and flutes.
We can date this instrument to around 1870. The condition is very good; however, it needs overhauling and a pad rechange to bring it into full playing condition again.


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