Some instruments age like wine, getting more complex to the very nature of themselves. This A Clarinet is from 1889, and still plays as wonderfully as it perhaps did when it was made. The body is in fine shape and the keywork has not had many noticeable changes over the years. In terms of intonation, this instrument is tuned to A=442, making it an excellent instrument for many ensembles and orchestras that are using a slightly higher starting pitch. The tone is exactly what you would want from an A clarinet. Warm, full and flexible to meet the needs of the player, rather than the player meeting the horn. If you want to play a part of history while creating the future, this is exactly the instrument you need.