I have a clarinet.
That's all I know about it.
My father bought it for me for Christmas about 7 or 8 years ago. He said it was 'pretty expensive' (not quite that but....) but I don't know what expensive is in his terms.
It's really really lovely and has quite a dark tone (not flat but kind of depressed/menacing) and the keys suit me (I borrowed a friend's Buffet B12(?) but I couldn't get on with it - the tone seemed less dimentional and the keys were too floppy*).
Because of this not-knowing I am really hesitant to get repairs done to it in case the person laughs at me
I did get one piece of cork replaced a few years ago as I'd ripped a bit off. They replaced it with much less cork which is much easier. The top bit (where the barrel meets the key-y bit) has much to much cork on and the pads could do with being looked at as well as a general looking-over.
I'm not planning on replacing it but I'm worried about what people will think of getting repairs on such a "cheap" instrument (I'd have been fine in my old town but here in the 'big city' it's scary!).
So, would you get it sorted, in my position or would you just leave it? (I won't be able to afford a 'better' instrument for quite a while, if ever)
Also, if anyone would like to help finding what it is, I'd be greatful (but I have a feeling it might be a few things at once...).
*Please note this is my experience - she is a very good player but couldn't get a note out of my clarinet because it was too 'strong' - I have absolutely nothing against Buffet and in her hands it sounded great.