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 Benny Goodman Selmer Series 9 for sale
Author: Clarineteer 
Date:   2013-03-27 09:36

Offered on the big auction site is another possible Benny Goodman owned clarinet. This one is a Selmer Series 9 and has the following description.

Interesting fact about this instrument is that Benny drilled a little hole in a bell - it was repaired after, but still can be seen when You look up carefully.
opening bid is $13,900.00 with a buy it now price of $19,900.00.

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 Re: Benny Goodman Selmer Series 9 for sale
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2013-03-27 10:24

I wonder when they'll be listing Benny Goodman's Yamaha CSGIII?

Chris.

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 Re: Benny Goodman Selmer Series 9 for sale
Author: Clarineteer 
Date:   2013-03-27 11:34

He must have played that one directly from the grave.

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 Re: Benny Goodman Selmer Series 9 for sale
Author: Garth Libre 
Date:   2013-03-27 13:28

Having read some of the cheap skate antics of Mr. Goodman, here on this board, I can't imagine any instrument he once played being worth much more than a similar one that he didn't. On this board I've read that he owned many instruments and mouthpieces and in fact would play on anything that was offered to him for free. He even would deprive unsuspecting folks of their reeds if he got his hands on them. The Benny Goodman sound was based on talent and not so much equipment. That said, I wish I owned one of his Selmer 9's too, but I'd feel stupid for paying a big premium like $20,000 for one.

Garth, 305-981-4705. garthlibre@yahoo.com

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 Re: Benny Goodman Selmer Series 9 for sale
Author: Clarineteer 
Date:   2013-03-27 13:57

I just purchased a late 1956 Buffet R13 that was owned and played by the great Jerome Richardson who played with some of the greats such as Charles Mingus, Lionel Hampton, Thad Jones / Mel Lewis big band and Earl Hines small band and only paid $450.00. I am anxious to do a complete overhaul and evaluate the tone and intonation.

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 Re: Benny Goodman Selmer Series 9 for sale
Author: Jack Kissinger 
Date:   2013-03-27 14:10

Hmmm. One of Benny Goodman's old clarinets or a new car (or maybe a house in Detroit). Hmmm. Wonder how much I could get for my old Malerne. It was once in the same room as Robert Marcellus and Daniel Bonade. (For proof I can give a phone number of a woman in Pittsburgh who witnessed this fact.)

Best regards,
jnk

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 Re: Benny Goodman Selmer Series 9 for sale
Author: Garth Libre 
Date:   2013-03-27 14:19

I think I have an old hypodermic needle laying around that Charles Mingus and Miles Davis once shared when they were shooting heroin. What do you think that's worth?

Garth, 305-981-4705. garthlibre@yahoo.com

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 Re: Benny Goodman Selmer Series 9 for sale
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2013-03-27 14:47

I've got some carbon molecules that were once exhaled by Emperor Nero and before that by some dinosaur before it got extinct and before that from the time the world was newly formed, so they must be worth something with all that heritage.

Chris.

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 Re: Benny Goodman Selmer Series 9 for sale
Author: DougR 
Date:   2013-03-27 16:58

As long as the thread is teetering on the edge of utter silliness, I might as well push it over the edge: Garth's comment about Benny's stinginess reminded me of this Zoot Sims story (taken from Bill Crow's wonderful book "Jazz Anecdotes: Second Time Around"):

The Goodman band was recording tracks for a movie, and Zoot recalled:

"We used to have a lunch break, and I brought this big, beautiful apple and put it on my stand. Benny had a habit of grabbing your cigarettes, or anything, and I saw him looking at that apple. I said, "Oh, oh. There goes my apple." I had a solo coming up. So Benny grabbed my apple, I stood up and took my solo, and it's the longest solo I ever had with Benny Goodman in my life. He kept signaling 'one more' until he finished the whole apple. Then he said, 'That's enough."

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