QUOTE(clarry @ Apr 19 2012, 02:24 PM)
Does anyone have any idea what a Boosey and Hawkes Emperor clarinet, serial no. 539014 might be worth approximately? Were the Emperors all student models, or did they make more advanced ones? Someone has lent me one, it sounds quite good and I might buy it, but they've had it for years, so not sure what to pay them if I go ahead.
I bought a pair of Boosey & Hawkes wooden Emperor clarinets in 1994 and they cost me ?500. The A was almost brand new, but sadly the Bb was very well-used and didn't have much playing left in it. I upgraded to them from a Buffet B12 student clarinet. I have to say that i absolutely loved my Emperors, but on the advice from my tutor at Uni at that time, part-exchanged them for a Buffet E11 which i've had ever since (and still play). I really wish i'd kept my Emperors now though, even just for the A. I remember finding my E11 "fatter" to hold when i got it, or thicker perhaps is a better way to describe it, and in no way did it have as nice a tone as the Emperors.