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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000003.txt from 1994/01

From: Cary Karp <nrm-karp@-----.SE>
Subj: French clarinet prices
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 1994 18:30:19 -0500

On Mon, 3 Jan 1994, Tom Ascher wrote:

> Can anyone tell us what current models of
> Selmer A and B-b instruments are going for? Franks, DM, or $ okay,
> I can make the conversion! Thanks!

The current Selmer domestic French price list has their top of the line
Recital Bb at 13,755 francs and the A at 17,240. (On the basis of numerous
comments here, I am quite sure that the model numbers differ between the
U.S. and French catalogs, so I don't know what this compares to.) The
French catalog prices include 18.6% VAT and you will receive a 13% refund if
you make sure that the dealer provides you with the proper documents to be
presented at the customs desk at the time of export. (There is a useful
credit card maneuver that I will explain if anyone wants.) The major
woodwind dealers in Paris will give you 15% off list without your asking.
I don't know what skillful bargaining might accomplish on top of that.
Selmer will sell directly at their own offices, but at full list.

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