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Offline RickInSaltLake

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Re: Official Plateau Keyed Clarinet Thread
« Reply #60 on: October 23, 2017, 09:54:26 AM »
I came across this listing in the web classified ads of a local news outlet here in Salt Lake City, Utah.  I know nothing about the instrument or the seller, and don't vouch for or represent them in any way.  I'm just passing along this information in response to Windy's request.

I think this is the only plateau clarinet I've ever seen in these listings, which I check three or four times a month.

The ad says it is a LeBlanc purchased new from a local instrument retailer about two years ago.  https://www.ksl.com/classifieds/listing/45998082


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Re: Official Plateau Keyed Clarinet Thread
« Reply #61 on: October 23, 2017, 02:36:33 PM »
Interesting, I didn't know that Vito made plateau clarinets to this day.

That looks like a Vito V40 or some other plastic vito. A bit hard to tell.
Price is reasonable; I sold a Normandy 140P (resinite material) for $450 last month.
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Re: Official Plateau Keyed Clarinet Thread
« Reply #62 on: January 16, 2018, 11:21:24 AM »
Did anyone watch the Selmer on shopgoodwill???

It went from 125-500 in seconds.
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Re: Official Plateau Keyed Clarinet Thread
« Reply #63 on: March 23, 2018, 12:07:29 PM »
Some plateau Clarinets were branded as "Normandy," but I think they are exactly the same as those labeled "Vito," as they were both made by LeBlanc in Wisconsin.

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Re: Official Plateau Keyed Clarinet Thread
« Reply #64 on: March 23, 2018, 12:11:05 PM »
In 1970, in my first teaching position, there were several band members who had plateau system clarinets. My predecessor had a LeBlanc dealership.

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Re: Official Plateau Keyed Clarinet Thread
« Reply #65 on: March 23, 2018, 03:02:54 PM »
Some plateau Clarinets were branded as "Normandy," but I think they are exactly the same as those labeled "Vito," as they were both made by LeBlanc in Wisconsin.
LeBlanc generally had 3 levels of “quality” in their clarinets.
Lowest were student model Vito, usually made of plastics
Second up was the Normandy, made of either resonite or wood
Top of the line was LeBlanc itself, generally referred to as LeBlanc Paris to distinguish it from the rest of the line. These were always made of wood.

There usually wasn’t much of a difference between resonite Vito and Normandy models. Maybe a bit better quality control or something, but not enough to really make a big difference.

There was sometimes a “cascade” of quality, as I call it. This refers to instruments that couldn’t pass quality control being rebranded as one level below.
So for example you may have something that started life as a LeBlanc Paris but something was up and it became a Normandy 4 or something. And then you’d have Normandy get knocked down to Vito VSP, for example.
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Re: Official Plateau Keyed Clarinet Thread
« Reply #66 on: March 23, 2018, 03:04:13 PM »
In 1970, in my first teaching position, there were several band members who had plateau system clarinets. My predecessor had a LeBlanc dealership.
I wonder why players aren’t that common anymore. In various  high school, college and church bands from 2009 to now I’ve never seen a single player with a plateau.
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Re: Official Plateau Keyed Clarinet Thread
« Reply #68 on: September 20, 2018, 04:51:54 PM »
Have several professionally reconditioned plateau clarinets For Sale. New Valentino pads, keys regulated/adjusted. Like new key buttons.

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Re: Official Plateau Keyed Clarinet Thread
« Reply #69 on: September 20, 2018, 05:17:55 PM »
Have several professionally reconditioned plateau clarinets For Sale. New Valentino pads, keys regulated/adjusted. Like new key buttons.

Please create a separate thread for sales posts! This thread is for discussion of the clarinets themselves.
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Re: Official Plateau Keyed Clarinet Thread
« Reply #70 on: October 04, 2018, 07:55:52 AM »
I didnt know such instruments existed! I've heard of plateau flutes (I have one) but never knew they existed in clarinets!
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