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 A Clarinet under $1500
Author: GenEric 
Date:   2018-01-23 02:53

I am currently on the search for an A clarinet. I currently use my school A but it's not in great condition and if I were to continue renting this horn, it would cost more than buying a used one and selling it later on if I come across a better one.

There is a used E11 at my local music store going for $1000 which i believe is a steal. It's not the best instrument but it's in good condition, definitely plays better than the school one, and when I do get a better one, I believe I can sell it for a similar price.

However, I'm still open to new suggestions. If anyone has a used A under $1500 or knows a reputable seller that's selling one, that'll be great!

Thanks!

ericyche2002@gmail.com

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 Re: A Clarinet under $1500
Author: jonathan.wallaceadams 
Date:   2018-01-23 02:58

http://martinfreres.net/clarinetcatalog/key-of-a-soprano-clarinets/

Not sure of the quality but worth looking into for the price.

Just an aspiring student.
Buffet Tradition
Mpc.: Hawkins "G", Barrel: Behn EVO, Reeds: Behn ARIA 4s

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 Re: A Clarinet under $1500
Author: kdk 2017
Date:   2018-01-23 03:17

I don't know anything about them besides Tom's reputation and the description on his web page, but the Ridenour Lyrique 575 A clarinet is $1,895 brand new. If you can look at a $1,500 used horn, you might be able to swing the extra $400 to get a new one that comes direct from the manufacturer with his satisfaction guarantee. Ridenour has a trial/return policy (see his website). If you like the Lyrique, I think it would probably last you longer than an E-11, which I'd think you would outgrow fairly quickly.

A used R13 or equivalent Bb can be found without much difficulty for a price in the <$1,500 range, but my suspicion is that finding A clarinets of the same quality at all is probably more difficult (but not impossible). There is, I think, less turnover in A clarinets generally among players who buy and use them - there are many more people who play Bb clarinets exclusively. I've seen them on EBay, but you have to watch patiently, and you can't be *really* sure of what you're getting until you've gotten it, when returning an item can be tricky, depending on the vendor.

Karl

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 Re: A Clarinet under $1500
Author: donald 
Date:   2018-01-23 04:17

I know of a very nice Yamaha for $2,000 us$, and I might know of a good Buffet I play tested a while back, not sure if it has been sold, but these are both above your price threshold 😢

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 Re: A Clarinet under $1500
Author: GenEric 
Date:   2018-01-23 04:28

I can go above the budget if it is in good condition! I know it's against the terms and services to sell instruments in a thread so is it possible you could email me some more information about it? It sounds great!

ericyche2002@gmail.com

Post Edited (2018-01-23 04:34)

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 Re: A Clarinet under $1500
Author: GenEric 
Date:   2018-01-23 08:15

http://reedandsqueakcases.com/clarinets/121-buffet-r13-a-clarinet-gg757-49n5r

This looks like a great inexpensive instrument. Any opinions on the manufacturer or model?

ericyche2002@gmail.com

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 Re: A Clarinet under $1500
Author: donald 
Date:   2018-01-23 12:58

Rats, the Buffet I play tested (had GREAT tone) has been sold. The Yamaha, well that's a long story- i KNOW that this is a good instrument because I used to own it) but I think it's over priced for how old it is (it's in GREAT condition, but still over 30 years old) and there would be added cost shipping internationally... sorry about that. I have no advice re the Dubois A clarinet

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 Re: A Clarinet under $1500
Author: tommo84 
Date:   2018-01-23 14:37

Take a look at the new Buffet E13 A clarinet. Th new E13 is improved in bore and mechanics.
Here in europe it solds at 1600€...
Very good horn, especially if well selected and adjusted...

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 Re: A Clarinet under $1500
Author: Filettofish 
Date:   2018-01-23 20:29

You never know what you might come across on the used market... I managed to find my R13 A clarinet for right around $1500 on an forum site (not this one). As long as you're wary of "too good to be true" situations, you can find some real bargains out there.

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 Re: A Clarinet under $1500
Author: Kalashnikirby 
Date:   2018-01-24 01:01

I'd seriously consider ordering one from Thomann, because there is no supplier in Europe who'd ship a buffet for 30$. Don't know the import taxes in the USA, but the retail prices you guys have for some buffets are ridiculous. So unless the E11 in that music store is in a very good condition, 1000$ isn't really a steal, either.
Please don't misunderstand this as an advertisement, but how can "your" Buffets be that much more expensive when I pay 1,3k€ for an E11 including 19% state tax?
Anyways, I don't see many decent alternatives.

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 Re: A Clarinet under $1500
Author: DavidBlumberg 
Date:   2018-01-24 05:28

I have several students who have owned the Ridenour A Clarinet that loved it. Nothing comes close for the price and the scale is great.

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 Re: A Clarinet under $1500
Author: GenEric 
Date:   2018-01-24 10:15

I tried a Ridenour clarinet and wasn't my cup of tea so unfortualtely, I'll have to pass on it.

Unfortunately, the A clarinet my store had was just sold! Looks like i'll have to wait for one online...

ericyche2002@gmail.com

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 Re: A Clarinet under $1500
Author: Bob Bernardo 
Date:   2018-01-26 09:49

As written many times I think the Yamaha CSVR A clarinet is the best A clarinet I've ever played, because the resistance feels like a Bb. Buffets seem a tad bit tubby once you compare the 2. So look around. I'm sure you will find one and you will be very happy.

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 Re: A Clarinet under $1500
Author: martind 
Date:   2018-01-27 07:13

Eric, it appears you are having a problem finding an used A clarinet.
I have a nice Amati A clarinet that may be in your price range. I
pd 900. + for this instrument about 4-5 yrs ago thru WWBW. It
plays good and has excellent construction. The Amati instr/company
is located in the Czech republic and is a major instrument mfg.
If you are interested in my clarinet, contact me/email:
martindpachey@yahoo.com

Good luck,
Martin

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