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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000514.txt from 2004/10

From: "dnleeson" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] It seems I can't get away from clarinets
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 16:45:33 -0400

Indeed it is a Cousenon. But it is so old that the brand name is
almost invisible. I took it in to a repairman today and he said,
"Don't waste your money." So what I'm going to do is get the
Buffer (which is an R13) in perfect shape and offer that on ebay
with the Cousenon as a free gift. I will state that it is
unplayable because of age, cracks, pads, etc. but if someone is a
good mechanic, they can use it for something other than firewood.

However, not until I personally play the Buffet and confirm that
it is a worthwhile instrument will I post it. My gut feel is
that I'll post it for $800 and the Cousenon goes along for a free

Dan Leeson

-----Original Message-----
From: Simeon Loring []
Sent: Monday, October 18, 2004 1:39 PM
Subject: Re: [kl] It seems I can't get away from clarinets

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
> 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
> take them to a reliable repair person to determine how much
> they needed. Apparently he had stopped playing about 2 years
> before he died and the clarinets sat there. Actually in the
> of one of the instruments, it's worse than that because it was
> 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
> 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
> may read 35ADB but I can't be sure. My opinion is that the
> instrument is worthless. It has a Buffet mouthpiece of
> vintage.
> However, there is a second instrument that he got to replace
> 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
> (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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