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 A. Fontaine Couesnon B flat Clarinet
Author: Shari 
Date:   2010-10-21 19:09

So, I am trying to determine the value of my clarinet. I have had it for at least 30 years. Of course, its sentimental value is immeasurable, so unless its monetary value is far reaching, I'm hanging on to it. In researching the history of Couesnon, it looks like the serial numbers of any instrument made prior to the big fire are not documented in any determinable fashion. However, those serial numbers I read about contain six or more numbers, whereas mine has only four; 8027. In an effort to have it repadded years ago, I asked the music store owner if he knew the value. He said $900.00, but I didn't ask why. He has since retired and I am curious as to why it would have such a value, when all other similar instruments sell for anywhere from $29.00 to $350.00. Any suggestions?

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 Re: A. Fontaine Couesnon B flat Clarinet
Author: David Spiegelthal 2017
Date:   2010-10-21 20:41

Let me put it this way: I have three or four of these at home, none of which I paid more than 30 bucks for. They are available for about that price or less just about any day of the week on The Infernal Internet Auction Site Whose Name Shall Not Be Mentioned (TIIASWNSNBM).

Maybe that helps give you an idea of the value of your clarinet. It's a solidly-built but clunky student-grade instrument, nothing wrong with it, but there's no market demand for your particular Couesnon model. It is definitely NOT their well-regarded "Monopole Conservatoires" model.

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 Re: A. Fontaine Couesnon B flat Clarinet
Author: stevesklar 
Date:   2010-10-24 00:03

just as Dave said
the $900 is usually the insurable value, that is how much you would want to insure it to replace it with a brand new instrument if stolen, etc. It has no relation to the actual value of selling it in an open marketplace.

TIIASWNSNBM .. funny Dave  :)

Dave - I have a Monopole Conservatoires now and it is a very nice clarinet

Stephen Sklar
My YouTube Channel of Clarinet Information

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