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 Vintage Martin Freres Clarinet, 3 of them A Bb C - in one old case!
Author: mcgo0974 
Date:   2018-09-03 21:58
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Hi Clarinet BBoard,

I recently stumbled upon an old clarinet case holding not 1, but 3 Martin Freres clarinets- looks to be all pre-WWI. Two out of the three (the A and Bb) are on the Simple System and one (the C) is on the Albert system. Any idea of what this would be worth? I am not a collector or a clarinetist (I'm a trombonist) so any and all information would be much appreciated!

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 Re: Vintage Martin Freres Clarinet, 3 of them A Bb C - in one old case!
Author: Zia 
Date:   2018-09-04 00:11

well start by thinking whats wrong with them, this is how i start, picking out all the pitfalls, cracks/ wood condition, wear, pad condition, age, what you'd want to do with them. then try finding other examples of them individually for a guide to what they go for individually, what you'd be willing to pay comes into consideration too.

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 Re: Vintage Martin Freres Clarinet, 3 of them A Bb C - in one old case!
Author: Ursa 
Date:   2018-09-04 10:29

An interesting find, to be sure!

First on your list of things to do is determine whether these are high pitch or low pitch instruments. Look for "HP" and "LP" inscribed onto the instrument bodies.
Failing that, you'll have to check with a tuner.

If these are low pitch instruments and undamaged, there's a good chance they could be fixed up and played in modern ensembles. The Simple and Albert system clarinets still have their devotees even today, and the C clarinet you have might be of special interest to these players.

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 Re: Vintage Martin Freres Clarinet, 3 of them A Bb C - in one old case!
Author: bbillings 
Date:   2018-09-11 18:11

Personally I think this is a wonderful and interesting find!!!

They are going to require a full overhaul each and the case should definitely be rennovated and kept with the instruments. I'd expect that to cost the purchaser $1500+? Could be difficult to find a technician willing and/or capable as well. Just an educated guess but might help when considering pricing. Got to be a limited market too.

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 Re: Vintage Martin Freres Clarinet, 3 of them A Bb C - in one old case!
Author: shmuelyosef 
Date:   2018-09-13 06:45

I suspect that this is the set that just sold on fleabay for $316 + $30 shipping. I was tempted to bid myself, but have too many projects as it is...looked like fun, but customers are waiting

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