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#1 Ligneo Fistula

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 20:46

Is it worthwhile buying a new clarinet over second-hand?  New instruments seem to depreciate almost immediately, but "serviced" used clarinets sold by woodwind shops don't seem that much cheaper than new.


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 21:33

A used Yamaha 26ii or 250, or a Buffet B12 would be my preference, over a cheap internet clarinet. I don't like the Jupiter ones (might be a personal choice), the gear4music one seems ok (I have an adult pupil using one), but only for real beginners, you'd want to switch shortly afterwards.

I would take a risk on eBay / Gumtree as long as you factor in the cost of a service? (£70/£80) you could get a bargain.

The flute my daughter currently uses cost me £95 on eBay and £65 for a service, so for £160 she has a Jupiter 511 flute that she's been using for 4 years and is doing her grade 5 on this summer. Our next step will be a costly silver headed one... again will look out for an older model and get it serviced.
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Posted 18 May 2017 - 21:36

Quick search brings up a nearly new one for £120 on gumtree... https://www.gumtree....net-/1239938924

Plus a service - £200 total, less than half a new one :-)

Or ETA - Cheshire Music, the guy buys ex rental instruments and does them up for sale quite reasonably?
http://cheshiremusic...age&category=12
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Posted 18 May 2017 - 22:54

Shall I take it that getting a YCL255 or Buffet Prodige is not worth it, and I should stick with a Y26II or B12?


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 07:03

Also, as the Prodige is a fairly new thing, some places might still have new B12s with a significant discount. Might be an option. I've recently seen one for 240 pounds, I think - not much more than buying second-hand and a good service. 


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 13:22

I've not seen the new 255 or the prodigy on the 2nd hand market for much less than the new price, as they're the new models they should be a better spec, but the older models are perfectly good if kept in good nick. The 26ii is the pre-runner to the 250 in the yamahas. I've seen students with both and there's not much difference.
I think see what you can get around that budget, old modes but new would be a great buy!
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Posted 20 May 2017 - 06:50

Thanks for the advice.  I am in the middle of a silly "treat yourself" phase so the thought of a shiny new clarinet is attractive :lol:.  If there's minimal difference between old and newer models then perhaps I can explore this option.


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Posted 23 May 2017 - 00:48

My 'treat yourself' phase has resulted in a guitar, and entry for a piano exam, with all the books that go along with that :D.

Clarinet is next on my list.

Is it only me that finds the idea of a second hand one a bit gross? I mean, a stranger has basically spit in it :unsure:


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Posted 23 May 2017 - 05:37


Is it only me that finds the idea of a second hand one a bit gross? I mean, a stranger has basically spit in it :unsure:

I did feel (and still do to be honest) that way especially about wooden recorders which cannot be soaked. If I end up going for a second-hand instrument I will send it immediately for a clean and service, which includes cleaning tone holes, where gunge often resides, and the bores followed by a polish.


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