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 help identifying an old Leblanc
Author: rgoldem 
Date:   2017-12-21 00:37
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I was offered a vintage Leblanc horn to buy. I believe it is a 20 key horn and it has the serial 15143. I am attaching a couple of photos (not really good ones) in order to get a clue of the model and market value. Thank you.

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 Re: help identifying an old Leblanc
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2017-12-21 01:07

Can you post a photo of the top joint logo as that may have more info compared to the barrel logo. It's a model with 19 keys and 7 rings (as opposed to the standard 17 keys 6 rings), so could be an LL.

Unfortunately the extra keywork isn't all that popular with the majority of players (some don't even like the idea of having an LH Ab/Eb lever), even though they yield more fingering options compared to not having them.


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 Re: help identifying an old Leblanc
Author: Caroline Smale 
Date:   2017-12-21 02:48

It looks almost identical to my pair apart from the LH Ab/Eb which mine doesn't have.
Mine with serials 14xxx were bought by me new in London in late 1960 and had just been shipped in from the French factory so I would think yours were made in 1961.

Mine are essentially LLs although at that time (certainly in the UK) the LL was not always marked on the top joint. Leblanc at that time offered virtually every permutation of extra keywork on these models.
Mine have lovely virgin nickle silver keys (no plating).

Sadly these older, beautifully made, clarinets are not "fashionable" these days and don't command anything like the value they are worth.

ps. similar instruments are frequently found on "that website" in particular the US site, so a check on past sales will give you an idea of what they fetch.

Post Edited (2017-12-21 02:50)

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 Re: help identifying an old Leblanc
Author: rgoldem 
Date:   2017-12-21 14:39

It is definitely an LL. Thank you both for the information above.

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