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 Fully Restored Rare Buffet Contra-alto Clarinet for Sale
Author: Frank Diaz 
Date:   2020-02-21 03:46

Hello All!

I presently have a rare, Buffet Contra-alto Clarinet undergoing full restoration in my workshop. I'm "testing the waters" so to speak to see what public interest may be in purchasing such an uncommon instrument. As we know, Selmer and Leblanc's are much more common.

This instrument dates from the early 1970's (I believe). Its range is to low Eb. The keys, posts, neck and bell are all nickel plated. This unusual clarinet has a narrow bore, more similar to a bass clarinet and it take a normal bass clarinet mouthpiece. Unlike other contra's, this one has a half-hole mechanism to help obtain notes above high C. It has an articulated C#/G# mechanism as well as a left hand Ab/Eb lever.

If you take your common low C bass clarinet and rest it on the floor, the mouthpiece will come up close to your mouth if you are relatively short, say 5' 5".
Fully assembled, the mouthpiece on this contra with the neck slightly pulled out will come up mid-way on your nose, so its a bit high. You need a long torso or a booster on your chair to play this beauty! It does have a floor peg.

Full restoration includes replating of some keys, polishing of all metal parts, swaging of the mechanism, leveling of toneholes, all new corks and all new pads. The pads used could be standard tan leather or white kangaroo (slightly higher price) and treatment of the wood.

WWBW sells new ones for around $21,000. That A LOT!!

I'm asking $9,500 or offer for the contra that I have (less than a new Buffet low C bass).

If you would like more details, please ask!

Professional restorer of all clarinets, saxophones, oboes and bassoons.

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