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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000286.txt from 1997/12

From: "David S. Naden" <>
Subj: Re: Is it worth the extra $?
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 1997 13:14:55 -0500


The extra cost for the Opus (Leblanc), or Prestige (Buffet) is a personal
choice. There is no difference between the Prestige and Prestige RC, as the
Prestige comes with either the RC bore (Prestige RC) or R-13 bore (Prestige
R-13). The list price for the Opus, and all Prestige models exceeds $5000 per
instrument. While one does not pay list at most places, the cost will be
$2500-3500 each. Quite a bit more than a standard R-13, but the horns are

David S. Naden, Graduate Student
Cal State University Los Angeles

David Frank wrote:

> Here's a question for this group, I'm sure many will have opinions. I'm
> considering replacing my 30+ year old R13's. There's been quite a few
> postings over the past month or two on Greenlines, Prestige, Prestige RC,
> Leblanc Opus and Concerto. Clearly the top professional models ( Prestige,
> Prestige RC and Leblanc Opus) run $1000 to $1500 more than the R13 line and
> the Leblanc Concerto. Are the differences worth that additional expense?
> Seems hard to justify. I can read that the differences are the silver plated
> keys...........looks nicer, but does that make any difference otherwise. I
> know these models have the auxillary Eb lever, but would that really be
> used? Is the "Premium Grenadilla" wood really different, and worth the added
> expense? I'm certainly not a professional player, but a serious amateur.
> What do others the added expense worth it?
> David Frank, Seattle

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