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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000340.txt from 2002/02

From: Richard Bush <>
Subj: Re: [kl] LeBlanc Eternite
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2002 12:15:16 -0500

One more comment that I forgot to mention: When bidding on
inventory and expensive instruments, it is common to bid and
win those bids by offering as little as ten cents on the
dollar. If you find something you like, and even if the price
is right, don't hesitate to do some serious dickering with
them. Remember that A clarinets represent, relatively, a
limited part of the woodwind market.

Donna Higgins wrote:

> As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm looking to upgrade my A
> clarinet. Tomorrow afternoon I'm driving down to the big Chuck Levin's
> store near D.C. to try out some instruments. The person I spoke with on
> the telephone this morning said they had several new LeBlanc Eternite A
> clarinets, with leather double case, for $975 a piece. The explanation
> was that they had purchased some inventory very cheaply at a bankruptcy
> sale, hence the low sale price.
> This is setting off my "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably
> is" alarm, but perhaps I'm being paranoid. How long ago did LeBlanc
> stop selling the Eternite? (And yes, I searched the klarinet archives,
> and Googled on "Eternite clarinet" with no helpful results from either
> source. I also checked the LeBlanc web site, but there's no mention of
> it that I could find).
> Presumably if these are new instruments, they've been sitting around
> somewhere for awhile. Is this a reason to exclude these instruments
> from consideration? Is there any other reason I shouldn't at least try
> them out?
> Thanks!
> - Donna


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