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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000513.txt from 2004/10

From: Simeon Loring <>
Subj: Re: [kl] It seems I can't get away from clarinets
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 16:38:38 -0400

Knowing how meticulous you are, I still wonder if it might be a
On Oct 17, 2004, at 8:21 PM, dnleeson wrote:

> With the sale of my last two clarinets, my home was free of all
> clarinets for the first time in over 60 years. (Basset horns
> don't count.) And then my wife called from a seminar that she
> was giving on genealogy and asked me to pickup and take to her
> home one of the translators who needed a ride.
> So I picked her up and we were making small talk on the way to
> her place when she told me that her husband had passed away a
> year ago and he was a musician. I asked what he played. And you
> already know the answer.
> Bottom line is that he had two clarinets that she asked me to
> look at and I the first thing I told her was that I would need to
> take them to a reliable repair person to determine how much work
> they needed. Apparently he had stopped playing about 2 years
> before he died and the clarinets sat there. Actually in the case
> of one of the instruments, it's worse than that because it was an
> old horn that he gave up to buy a new buffet around 1980, so it
> hasn't been played in a long time.
> So what I have is one B-flat clarinet made by a company whose
> name I cannot recognize and my reaction is that it might be work
> nothing on a good day. But I'm not really qualified to make
> those judgements so I'll have it looked at.
> Allright then, question 1: what is a GOUESNOT clarinet made in
> France, goodness knows when. The difficult to read serial number
> may read 35ADB but I can't be sure. My opinion is that the
> instrument is worthless. It has a Buffet mouthpiece of uncertain
> vintage.
> However, there is a second instrument that he got to replace the
> GOUESNOT, a lovely Buffet, serial number 274158, and this thing
> may have some value for the widow. It has a Vandoren mouthpiece
> that may be satisfactory. I'll have to sterilize it and try to
> make noise.
> So now I come to question 2: what does a used Buffet of this
> vintage sell for, presuming that it is in good playing condition
> (and I would not even consider selling it for the widow if it
> does not work perfectly)?
> Meanwhile I'll have it examined and then play it (maybe both of
> them though I think the GOUESNOT is in terrible and probably
> unplayable condition).
> Dan Leeson
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