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All about Clarinets / Jeffrey vs Selmer Paris 9*
« on: January 24, 2024, 06:49:16 AM »
I could use your input. First of all: I really like my Jeffrey. But to keep it that way it seems I need to pay about €400. The other option is to buy a fully revised 1974 Selmer Paris 9* for about €700. Is it worth the drive to try that Selmer (with the intention to buy if I like the way it plays and sounds)? Or am I better off keeping my Jeffrey? What are your thoughts?

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Make and Model lists and research / Jeffrey and Kohlert
« on: September 01, 2023, 05:38:16 AM »
Hi all,
Almost 20 years ago I took clarinet lessons for about 1,5 years, but I had to quit and give the clarinet back. Then many years went by but it never was the right time or right place to start playing again. Until 3 months ago. For only 50 euros I bought a secondhand clarinet, a Kohlert from Winnenden, serial number 101187. It rekindled my love for playing clarinet, so it was money well spend. But I found out it's extremely hard to intonate correctly and over all not the easiest instrument to play. And I felt it needed some maintenance. So I bought another secondhand clarinet. This time one that had been recently serviced, a Jeffrey, for 150 euros, so about the price I would be paying for the service on the other one. I read about the brand that it is in fact a Leblanc and usually is in tune. It's much easier to play than the Kohlert and it's indeed much better in tune, so I'm happy I bought it. The serial number on the Jeffrey is 8383.
Can anyone shed some light on the age of both instruments. From what I found the Kohlert is probably from '55-'60, the Jeffrey about '49-'50. Could that be correct? Or can you date them more exactly? Any other nice to know info would be appreciated too

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