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 Beginner Bass Clarinet Buying
Author: raefsengupta 
Date:   2022-01-01 09:51

Hello, I am a longtime jazz alto saxophonist who is looking to buy an affordable (around $800) bass clarinet! It seems the options available at the moment are:

- a $750 Vito from a local shop that has looked over the horn and done minor repairs
- a $750 Selmer USA 1430 from an independent online seller that was supposedly overhauled a couple years ago and not touched since
- a $800 wooden Leblanc (without mouthpiece) from around the 1960s sold by an independent online instrument seller that was supposedly overhauled a week ago

Any thoughts? From my own research, it sounds like the wooden Leblanc would be the way to go, but there are no returns on the horn and so I may have to spend extra beyond getting a mouthpiece on repairs myself. But maybe it's not even the best horn, let me know!

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 Re: Beginner Bass Clarinet Buying
Author: sonicbang 
Date:   2022-01-07 01:05

Hi, I played on a wooden Noblet bass for about a year. That is essentially the same construction as the Leblanc. After having it refurbished it turned out to be a decent player, and certainly much better than any plastic student basses I have played. Since the Leblanc is higher quality than the Noblet, I would go for it.

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 Re: Beginner Bass Clarinet Buying
Author: super20dan 
Date:   2022-01-07 04:22

i would go with the leblanc also. very sturdy and well made provided it has no cracks. for a mpc i strongly recommend a hite to start out with. easy playing and pro quality under 100$. i have owned my leblanc for 35 years and its held up well.

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 Re: Beginner Bass Clarinet Buying
Author: Mojo 
Date:   2022-01-07 18:33

I sat next to someone who purchased a new wood low Eb Leblanc. For the 1/3rd the new price, they could have gotten a HR or plastic low C bass with a dual octave key mechanism. But I was impressed with how well the single octave vent responded on it. I owned an old Normandy that also responded great with a single vent.

I normally say go for the local one you can play test. But the Leblanc seems like a good deal to take the risk on. Plus you could probably resell it for what you paid for it.
Mojo Mouthpiece Work LLC

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