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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000024.txt from 2008/10

From: "Kevin Fay" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] intermediate level wooden clarinet
Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2008 22:43:18 -0400

Patricia A. Bandy-Smith asked about a step-up clarinet for ~$500.

P - you have your son on a Fobes Debut - a great choice for the $$, IMHO.

For the horn, it's hard to buy used if you can't try it first. I've bought
a pile off of Ebay, but I'm a gambler that way.

You can get a Backun/Bliss/Leblanc from WWBW for $599 - see This might be a good deal.

Also, Tom Ridenouer sells his intermediate horn at for $625. That could be
*really* good deal, as he's just a little bit crazy to help kids get good
horns cheap.

Both of these are pretty "safe" if you don't want to try the used market.

. . . if you do want to gamble on used, get a Buffet R13 on Ebay and take it
to your favorite repair tech. Unless they're cracked, they can be turned
into a good horn if your tech has skill.

If you're really lucky, someone will sell you one that's "blown out" for



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