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 Your clarinets after you die
Author: GBK 2017
Date:   2017-11-16 00:02

Have you given thought or made provisions on what happens to your instruments after you pass away?

Will they go to your spouse? Your children? Your alma mater? Close friends or colleagues? etc...


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 Re: Your clarinets after you die
Author: Bob Bernardo 
Date:   2017-11-16 00:15

I went to Interlochen Arts Academy and they were always short on quality horns. I was lucky and was on a full scholarship. So they get my stuff. If you haven't been there it is a very special school. A must visit, summer or winter or both. I went to the academy not the summer camp, but the summer camp brings in the very best artists from around the world to give concerts.

Great question...

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Post Edited (2017-11-16 00:19)

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 Re: Your clarinets after you die
Author: Tom Puwalski 
Date:   2017-11-16 00:55

In a full blown Viking funeral, a musicians instrument are in the boat with him as he might need them in Valhalla. Mine will be burned with me!

Tom Puwalski

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 Re: Your clarinets after you die
Author: Ursa 
Date:   2017-11-16 01:38

My sister can have whichever one(s) she wants, and the rest go to kids who need 'em.

I suspect, however, they'll have to pay someone to haul my Wurlitzer 4300 organ away. Even though it's been well maintained with rebuilt amplifiers and rotating speaker drive system, vintage electronic organs are practically worthless these days. Even Hammonds, other than the B-3, just don't pique much interest.

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 Re: Your clarinets after you die
Author: Tony F 
Date:   2017-11-16 02:39

Mine are going to a group who match instruments with needy students. My guitars have already gone to the local high school. No use my keeping them once the arthritis started to bite.

Tony F.

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 Re: Your clarinets after you die
Author: Katrina 
Date:   2017-11-16 06:17

I've worried about this for years now. Particularly about my Bb which I've had since 1983. The other instruments I own don't seem to be a part of me the way my main instrument is. Still don't know what I'll do.

The others can be sold or donated. ;)

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 Re: Your clarinets after you die
Author: Hank Lehrer 2017
Date:   2017-11-16 08:11

I have started to sell off some of my equipment. I've started with my backup alto (Mark VI) and backup Bb soprano clarinet (Yamaha CS Custom). I have given a couple of instruments to the children of friends and some classic pieces of equipment to my repair tech to do as he sees fit (he has always been great to me).

At a certain point, one must make some tough decisions since parting with an instrument that has been your main axe for many years is hard. But my wife is in the loop as to what things are worth and I have shared a list of instruments and values with her. Also, she knows who to take any instruments and equipment to so that he can dispose of odds and ends, take a commission, and give her the balance.

I have always believed that your love your mate, family, friends, and country but anything else is disposable.


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 Re: Your clarinets after you die
Author: bmcgar 2017
Date:   2017-11-16 08:50

The rarer instruments to the National Music Museum in Vermillion SD.

The rest will either be sold or given to former students.


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 Re: Your clarinets after you die
Author: sax panther 
Date:   2017-11-16 09:55

Mine will be donated to schemes that need them - either local schools or music charities, or there are also various schemes to get musica equipment to underprivileged young people in Africa.

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 Re: Your clarinets after you die
Author: jim lande 
Date:   2017-11-16 11:01

20 years ago my younger son looked at my growing pile of metal clarinets and asked "when you die, am I going to get stuck taking care of these?" Nope. I'm willing them to eBay.

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 Re: Your clarinets after you die
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2017-11-16 12:15

I've no idea who would want my clarinets as they're not exactly your bog standard 17 key 6 ring models and are mostly older Selmers, so with that level of unpopularity, they'll most likely end up collecting dust somewhere.


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 Re: Your clarinets after you die
Author: Fuzzy 
Date:   2017-11-16 21:53

Say it ain't so, Jim! ;^)>>>

I'm hoping to find a knowledgeable person to take over my collection so that the clarinets end up being used by folks who appreciate them.

Realistically, they'll probably end up in someone's closet - with the eventual result of the best ones being considered trash and thrown away by the well-intentioned, and the cheap ones being kept and heralded as "rare antique clarinet" on whatever comes after e-bay.


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 Re: Your clarinets after you die
Author: dorjepismo 2017
Date:   2017-11-16 22:23

Hadn't thought much about it, but do have friends I could trust to find a needy student with enough talent to do something with them.

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 Re: Your clarinets after you die
Author: Alseg 
Date:   2017-11-17 00:44

Placed horizontally and attached to fittings they would make wonderful handles for the pallbearers.
The upper joints will go on the left side of the casket, of course.

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 Re: Your clarinets after you die
Author: nellsonic 
Date:   2017-11-17 01:23

Somehow jokes about this aren't funny to me. (shrugs) Knowing that the tools that served me well in life will continue to serve others when I am gone is deeply meaningful. Mine are being willed to one of my best lifelong friends who is both a clarinetist and band director. I trust that he will see to them being put to good use, hopefully by deserving young people who might not otherwise get the opportunity to play on quality gear.

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 Re: Your clarinets after you die
Author: Barry Vincent 
Date:   2017-11-17 02:11

If my wife outlives me then all my stuff , including my Clarinets, Oboes. Flutes and Recorders will most likely end up in the Lifeline Op Shop as she's the floor manager there. All I have to do , and soon I reckon is to put a sale price on each one as to what I think it's worth second hand, remembering that things are only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.


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 Re: Your clarinets after you die
Author: Sean.Perrin 
Date:   2017-11-19 05:27

Wow this is a dark topic... Never thought about it! Worth considering though I suppose.

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 Re: Your clarinets after you die
Author: Hank Lehrer 2017
Date:   2017-11-19 16:31


Not really a dark topic when one gets older it is reality.

I play golf with a retired banker who used to run the trust department. His advice to some of his customers with collections of things like guns, antique autos, and musical instruments (like me) that at 75 years of age, one should make some of these decisions.

I am a very pragmatic individual and thrifty as well. I'd hate nothing more that to have my wife taken advantage of by a buyer that would not give her a fair price for some of the instruments I have acquired. I'd rather begin to dispose of some things now so I know that my ROI is somewhat reasonable.

Selling items on this BB as well as on eBay is pretty easy and I know that I'll usually get a fair price.


PS I recently sold an almost new Sony digital mini-recorder recently for more than I paid for it; it was just collecting dust in a cabinet.

Post Edited (2017-11-19 19:47)

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 Re: Your clarinets after you die
Author: ssterling 
Date:   2017-11-19 18:58

If I become a big name in the world of orchestral music, I'd probably have them auctioned off and the proceeds donated to a charitable foundation to benefit music education across the USA. Otherwise, I'll likely pass them onto my kin, alma mater and/or students (if I become a private instructor).

Alseg wrote:
> Placed horizontally and attached to fittings they would make wonderful
> handles for the pallbearers.

That too, especially my cheap-o instruments.

Seth Price (Sabine Meyer wannabe)

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 Re: Your clarinets after you die
Author: Roxann 2017
Date:   2017-11-19 20:24

I think it's important for your heirs to understand the value of each of your instruments so that they don't end up being donated to the local charity store or pawn shop.

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 Re: Your clarinets after you die
Author: ClarinetRobt 
Date:   2017-11-20 00:04

I appreciate you presenting this to the Bboard. This discussion let to a talk in my house last night. I have everyone on the same page if something were to happen to me. More than likely, they'll be given my local Alma Mater with the understanding my horns by used as school instruments for disadvantaged kids.

Kinda like my Prestige Buffet I'm about to sell. I have the luxury of finding it a good home without being forced to sell. I want to make sure the horn finds a good home is actually played and not sitting in a closet somewhere.

~Robert L Schwebel
Mthpc: Behn Vintage, Lig: Ishimori, Reed: Aria 4, Legere Euro Signature 3.75

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 Re: Your clarinets after you die
Author: Wes 
Date:   2017-11-20 23:10

It is a good idea to put a post it note in each instrument case giving the essential facts about the instrument, a date, and the reasonable price, if sold.
Heirs will be thankful for this information. I have some difficult ones to sell, such as a transitional Conn silver plated bass saxophone keyed to high F.

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