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Title: mid century Leblancs may be the best clarinets ever built
Post by: brigaltman on February 20, 2022, 08:37:08 PM
Since I retired from music education some years ago, I've set about to find and refurbish quality clarinets. What I've found in my efforts is that the Leblanc clarinets made around WWII until the mid '80s are some of the best ever built. I've gone as far as selling my Buffet and Selmer Center Tone clarinets. My favorite of the Leblancs is the LL. If you're looking for fantastic instrument, don't overlook one of these magnificent instruments.
Title: Re: mid century Leblancs may be the best clarinets ever built
Post by: super20dan on February 21, 2022, 03:27:18 PM
i agree. my LL is also my best clarinet out of my collection of 18
Title: Re: mid century Leblancs may be the best clarinets ever built
Post by: brigaltman on February 28, 2022, 08:38:46 PM
I love my LL, but I also have a pre-classic A that plays wonderfully. I've just bought a matched set of LLs which I'll be able to try when I get home later this week. I can hardly wait. I also have an LL Eb as well as a top end alto and bass.
Title: Re: mid century Leblancs may be the best clarinets ever built
Post by: super20dan on March 01, 2022, 04:00:51 PM
i have 2 leblanc model 400 basses but only have a noblet alto. would love to try a LL eb. must be a fun horn
Title: Re: mid century Leblancs may be the best clarinets ever built
Post by: DaveLeBlanc on March 31, 2022, 01:53:01 PM
I love Leblancs. The thing about these is that they almost always are significantly cheaper than any comparable Buffet or Selmer. Brand name goes a long way, and some people lose, while others, such as us, stand to gain.
Title: Re: mid century Leblancs may be the best clarinets ever built
Post by: LarryS on April 27, 2022, 01:16:56 AM
Would an older clarinet like this need a full overall? I imagine new pads at least.
Title: Re: mid century Leblancs may be the best clarinets ever built
Post by: windydankoff on April 27, 2022, 08:26:27 AM
It's case-by-case. I have gotten time capsules from Granny's estate, with her high-school red lipstick still on the reed. Sometimes it will play after some attention, but will certainly need full overhaul at least due to degradation of corks and pads.

Other oldies are maintained ... you never know 'til you see one.
Title: Re: mid century Leblancs may be the best clarinets ever built
Post by: LarryS on April 27, 2022, 12:49:00 PM
There are a lot of old clarinets on ebay, but I'm not sure it's a good idea, unless you have lots of cash to spend making it playable
Title: Re: mid century Leblancs may be the best clarinets ever built
Post by: DaveLeBlanc on April 27, 2022, 02:17:57 PM
Certainly depends on the pricing. If you can get one for about $200 or less, then I'd say it's probably worth it, factoring in the cost for a servicing
Title: Re: mid century Leblancs may be the best clarinets ever built
Post by: windydankoff on April 28, 2022, 09:18:32 AM
Much depends on the quality of the photos in the listing, and the buyer's ability to read the clues.