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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000008.txt from 2008/10

From: "Ellis Johnson" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] intermediate level wooden clarinet
Date: Thu, 02 Oct 2008 17:32:07 -0400

I played a mid-level LeBlanc through high school which served my
purposes fine. I feel though, that a new mouthpiece will provide a
much better experience than just a new horn depending on what he is
using now. If he is using the stock mouthpiece that the instrument
came with, take him (and hopefully his teacher if he has one) and go
try out several. A good step up mouthpiece is the Vandoren M13. I
agree with Charles and Gary though that we need more information in
order to give an informed answer.

On Thu, Oct 2, 2008 at 2:17 PM, Edward Escobar <> wrote:
> Might look at Selmer U.S.A.
> I had used a CL200 as my first wood clarinet, which did good for me through
> college. That clarinet at the time was $500.00 brand new. I think what's
> out there now is the CL2011... for twice the price.
> Most music stores will have a rent-to-own program.... more or less a lease
> for an instrument. You pay a monthly "rental" fee and then if you want, can
> buy the instrument at the end of the lease for the remainder of the price
> that has not been paid. I would for sure look into that.
> Edward E.
> On 2008/10/03, at 6:03, Patricia A. Bandy-Smith wrote:
>> I think my son is ready to "step-up" to a better horn than what he is
>> playing now. The problem is that money is really really tight. I am afraid
>> to try e-bay since you never quite know what you are going to get there. I
>> am looking to pay about $500, preferably less, much less if I can.
>> TIA,
>> Patricia Bandy-Smith
>> ------------------------------------------------------------------
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Ellis Johnson


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