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 Help Determine Insurance Value of Old Leblanc
Author: Llowner 
Date:   2021-09-19 22:57

My company is relocating me overseas and the movers need insurance estimates for all my possessions, for especially valuable stuff they may also ask for additional documentation (>$2500).

I have a LL Leblanc Clarinet - a hand me down from my Dad. It has a serial number in the 27200s from 1967. I've had it overhauled/pads replaced/maintained regularly and still play it daily so it's in working order. Obviously the clarinet is of sentimental value, but I have no idea what the insurable replacement value should be. Was the LL a "professional" clarinet in the day / what would a modern replacement equivalent cost? Does the clarinet have any appreciation in value due to its age that would be relevant for insurance purposes?

Thanks for any help!

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 Re: Help Determine Insurance Value of Old Leblanc
Author: super20dan 
Date:   2021-09-20 00:57

the LL was the top of the line leblanc in its day. so insure it accordingly. i have one too . great horns

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 Re: Help Determine Insurance Value of Old Leblanc
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2021-09-20 01:08

Insure it for the same value as a brand new R13.


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 Re: Help Determine Insurance Value of Old Leblanc
Author: Steven Ocone 2017
Date:   2021-09-20 16:56

You may need to get it appraised. An insurance company won't reimburse you for the price of a new professional clarinet. Sold listings on ebay would be a way to get an idea of what it is worth.

Steven Ocone
Ann & Steve's Music

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 Re: Help Determine Insurance Value of Old Leblanc
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2021-09-20 17:17

Musical instrument insurers usually do a new for old policy, so insuring it at the current market value of a new or equivalent pro level clarinet is the best way to go. The value of your clarinet is always going to be a lot more than the price you can buy one for, so insure it for the current value and not the purchase price.


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 Re: Help Determine Insurance Value of Old Leblanc
Author: John Peacock 
Date:   2021-09-20 17:40

Leblanc LL's were top professional instruments in their day (more so than the basic non-Prestige Buffet R13 is these days, arguably). But although production ceased long ago, you can buy used LL's in good condition. From a professional used retailer like ClarinetsDirect, I've seen them on offer for £700 fully overhauled. I bought one on eBay in decent condition recently for very much less than that. So if you were to insure it for US$1000, you could be pretty certain of being able to buy a rather similar instrument to the one you have now, should the need arise.

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