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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000188.txt from 1999/06

From: Jack Kissinger <kissingerjn@-----.EDU>
Subj: Re: [kl] Kaspar Mouthpieces
Date: Thu, 3 Jun 1999 23:37:27 -0400

Jnbradner@-----.com wrote:

> I own a Kaspar I bought about 25 years ago and would like to know more about
> it.
>
> Below the upper ligature guide is the work "Superb" (in quotes). Above the
> lower ligature guide is one six-pointed star. Below the lower ligature guide
> are the words "Frank L. Kaspar" and "Ann Arbor, Mich." inside an ellipse and
> separated by another star.
>
> I would be interested in any history about similar mouthpieces to satisfy my
> curiosity, and an estimated value for insurance purposes. It's the
> mouthpiece I play, and I don't want to sell it.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Jim Bradner

For some information about the history of your mouthpiece, see:

http://www.sneezy.org/clarinet/Equipment/MBL/Kaspar.html

You will probably also find some interesting tidbits if you search the Sneezy
archives on "Kaspar". If recent sale prices on the eBay auction are any
indication, you could probably justify insuring your mouthpiece for anywhere from
$400 -- $700. Remember, though, in case of loss, you may have to document the
value of the mouthpiece to your insurance company. As evidence of the value, you
might want to go to eBay, search completed auctions on "kaspar +mouthpiece"
(without the quotation marks) and print out a copy of the final auction bids.
eBay doesn't keep these records online for very long.

If you are not playing professionally, your household insurance may already cover
you for certain types of loss. It's probably worth checking your policy and/or
contacting your agent.

Best regards,
Jack Kissinger
St. Louis

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