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 Buying a Vintage instrument: Pro's or just cons?
Author: apaul001 
Date:   2018-02-01 02:00

I've recently fallen in love with the they-just-don't-make-'em-like-they-used-to mystique of the pre R13 Buffet. This happened as a result of a search I initiated for a very high quality instrument at a price within my reach. I found several 1940s-'50s Buffets available, with a wide variance in price and reported condition. Some very much as-is, provenance unknown, others reputed to be fully restored and functioning. Not surprisingly, I find the sellers of the restored ones to be quite eager to extoll their virtues: the dense, durable granadilla reportedly lacking in more recent models; the rich, dark sound I aspire to... etc. etc. I got ahold of one for free and investigated having it restored. For reasons I won't bore you with, it's not a realistic investment. The restorer offered to get in touch with me if he runs across a functioning Buffet meeting my specs. Then he added a statement that gave me pause: "I don't often have people asking for these. They're seldom worth the investment. They're played out. There are good reasons why people spend their money on newer instruments." Before going down this rabbithole, I had often heard that "clarinets don't appreciate, they depreciate." So, what say you, good people of the board? Am I crazy for pursuing this wish and should I give it up?



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