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 older clarinets out the wazoo round here
Author: reed_squawk 
Date:   2003-10-24 16:08

My wife is an antique hound, and I get dragged along often. The only way I can bear the outing's is to bring a book along... but, I have discovered that nearly every store we visit, there will be a few musical instr's... mostly junk, but occasionally a gem...

This is how I got into playing the clarinet actually...a couple years ago I found my Noblet (wooden with diamond emblem engraved...anyone know it's general value?) at a store for a mere $75...it was in totally playable shape too...I have never played one, but always loved them, and used to play sax, so had some idea how to get going.

Anyway, since beginning to really get into playing this thing, I am noticing that there are a plethora of clarinets at these antique stores...I found one the other day with another fingering sytem (Albert I guess?)...

My question...can anyone give me some general guidelines on what would make one buyable vs not? For instance... does -any- crack in the wood make it useless? Is there a way to tell if one is pitched at something other that A=440? etc...

Thanks all, think I will post this on the other board as well,

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