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.
Clarinets - New vs Second-hand
Posted 18 May 2017 - 21:33
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.
Posted 18 May 2017 - 21:36
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?
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?
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.
Posted 19 May 2017 - 13:22
I think see what you can get around that budget, old modes but new would be a great buy!
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 . If there's minimal difference between old and newer models then perhaps I can explore this option.