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 Artley Eb Alto Clarinet
Author: AltoGuy 
Date:   1999-09-17 15:27

I recently purchased a wood Artley Eb Alto Clarinet (used). It appears to be in terrific shape... The dealer (I bought it from a shop from which I have purchased other new instruments) told me that it had been overhauled, including new pads, etc. I paid $900 for it. Did I get ripped off??? I have seen other used altos for sale for much less, and I don't know much about Artleys.

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 RE: Artley Eb Alto Clarinet
Author: Don Berger 
Date:   1999-09-18 21:26

Its possible that your alto was made by [or for - in France] the Lintons [earlier oboe and clar makers in Elkhart who may have been acquired by Armstrong-Conn?] {Mark, please unscramble this history}, in which case it may be very good [my experience is with an old Linton which our comm band alto player likes better than a newer plastic one!! My preferences are my Selmer and my earlier LeBlanc. Can you run down anything by serial numbers? Don

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 RE: Artley Eb Alto Clarinet
Author: Tim2 
Date:   1999-09-19 04:12

When you say it appears to be in terrific shape, are you speaking of the sound and response? Hopefully, you are. If it plays with a good sound, good response even on upper register notes with good intonation, I'd say that's a good price for a wood alto clarinet.

I'd be interested in what Mark may have to say on this too. No matter what I still would think it was a good buy. Enjoy it.

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