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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001527.txt from 1998/04

From: Jack Kissinger <kissingerjn@-----.EDU>
Subj: Re: [klarinet] Re: All Metal Clarinets
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 09:46:44 -0400


Without checking, I suspect Cindy found the Noblet on the eBay auction


then search on clarinet.

I know she sells instruments she has reconditioned there and there was a
metal Noblet for sale last week. There always seem to be several metal
clarinets for sale there and they usually go for under $100. There was
even an old 5-piece Buffet metal clarinet awhile ago (sold for a little
over $300 as I recall). There are also quite a few plastic instruments
available most of the time -- usually Bundy or Vito but occasionally a
plastic Evette. (In fact, if you read this message soon, there is a
plastic Evette on the auction now with a high bid of $61 but only about
two hous to go as I write this. Bids haven't reached the seller's
minimum acceptable ("reserve") price yet, though.) My only caveat would
be that you assume the worst about condition (regardless of the posted
description) and bid conservatively. Also check the seller's feedback
regardless of score. If there are a some negatives, read the reasons.
Some sellers are clueless when it comes to clarinets and some are, shall
we say, less than totally honest.

Oh, yes, I recommend against buying any instruments listed by

Best regards,
Jack Kissinger
St. Louis

Lee Hickling wrote:
> Oh, Cindy -- I wish I could stumble on that kind of a deal. I've been
> haunting pawn shops and antique stores, as well as music stores that deal
> in used instruments, looking for a metal clarinet that good at that kind of
> a price. My main horn is an elderly Conn 444N that I've been playing since
> I was in high school. I yearn for a new LeBlanc, but the Conn was once a
> top pro-grade horn, the mechanism is bullet-proof, the sound is good, and
> it does all I need a clarinet to do. The only thing is, I'd like to have a
> plausible instrument I could play outside, or carry in the trunk in any
> weather, without risking cracks in my cherished old wood instrument.
> - Lee Hickling
> Cindy wrote:
> > I just purchased a Noblet gold and silver metal clarinet
> >(brass and silver plated actually) for $78! It's a fine looking instrument,
> >plays well (now that I replaced a few pads), and will be especially
> >appropriate during the Christmas holidays...or 4th of July.
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