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 Value of a Leblanc
Author: Heidi 
Date:   1999-09-01 04:37

I inherited a Leblanc clarinet from my grandfather that I played while in high school 12 years ago. It is wood and looks to be gold plated. I was told at that time by my instructor that it may be worth $1300. I would like any information that anyone can give me. Thank you. Heidi

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 RE: Value of a Leblanc
Author: Travis 
Date:   1999-09-01 06:14

Heidi,

You might want to try this page first--

http://www.sneezy.org/clarinet/Equipment/HowOld/index.html

Call the phone number for Leblanc and find out how old the instrument is first. That might help you in trying to find out the worth of your instrument. I have an old Noblet (also made by Leblanc) Serial no. 4851. The representative I met from Leblanc at a convention recently gave me the same number and person to call so the number should still be correct. I haven't tried calling yet, but I will soon.

Gook luck in your quest,
Travis Miller

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 RE: Value of a Leblanc
Author: Dee 
Date:   1999-09-01 12:01

You need to look and see what is written on the clarinet for a model name and look and find the serial number (often on the back of the clarinet near the middle joint). Then you can get the information on age and whether it is a pro, intermediate, or beginner model from Leblanc. They may be able to tell what current model is the nearest equivalent.

Since it is used, it's value is unlikely to be quite that high even if it is a professional model. However it should be a good instrument.

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 RE: Value of a Leblanc
Author: Doug 
Date:   1999-09-01 13:28

The only gold plated model Leblanc has offered is the Pete Fountain model which is a very large bore. Check to see if the clarinet is marked with Fountain's name.

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 RE: Value of a Leblanc, a P F ?
Author: Don Berger 
Date:   1999-09-01 15:24

Yes, it sounds like a Pete Model 1611 [according to my '70's wall-type poster-ad , about 3 ft square], since the P F model 1610 , and the similar Dynamic H [as in Houvenaghel, acoustician] model 1276 do not have the gold-plated keywork, but have the same "nominal" big-bore size of 15.00 mm. I had the pleasure recently of "checking-out" a Dyn H for friends, and in my judgement it, and the PF's , are the loud-speaking "dance band" cl's like the big-bore Selmers of the 30-50's, remember the Glenn Miller sax section with cl Lead!!? Yes, call LeB, and possibly Tom Ridenour as well. Also, the PF's were [are still?] the 18/7 [keys/rings] models, having articulated C#/G# and "fork" Eb/Bb apparently as standard. You may really have a goodie! Don

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