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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000204.txt from 2000/07

From: Lacy Schroeder <LacyS@-----.org>
Subj: RE: [kl] Bass Clarinet/EBAY
Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2000 15:05:25 -0400

I know your concern...I was looking on EBAY for an A clarinet, and saw a
Buffet Prestige for which the bidding had only reached $850. I was really
suspicious. So, I emailed the guy, and asked him what the deal was, i.e.,
can send it back if I think it sounds like a sick cow? He said no! So, I
wasn't about to take a risk like that, and I found a great horn that I will
be buying next week from a St Louis Symphony member. Good things come to
those who wait. Caveat empetor!

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Hobby [mailto:jhobby@-----.net]
Subject: [kl] Bass Clarinet/EBAY

I would like a bass clarinet. While I would love a Selmer wooden clarinet,
like my Bb/A set, it's not feasible, financially. It's only use would be to
play in a community band that rehearses once a week and for personal
practice. (I'll never play professionally, again, but I still enjoy
playing, and the bass was always a pleasure for me.)

Some time ago, it was suggested that I look on EBAY. I have done so,
periodically, but am unnerved looking at prices for BCLs at $275, and so
forth. I understand the principal that you get what you pay for, but from
anyone who has dealt with this service, what can one realistically expect?
The person that told me about EBAY bought a wood Leblanc for about $400, and
spent $100 fixing it up. (I've seen student line BCls advertised for under
$1000, new.)

Some suggestions, please.

Jim Hobby

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