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You could try getting in touch with Sue Shockey in South Bend. Her email is susan.shockey@gmail.com

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.

Make and Model lists and research / Re: French Engineer?
« on: February 20, 2022, 09:44:08 PM »
I needed an inexpensive Eb clarinet and bought one of the Chinese instruments on eBay. I decided to return it and ended up getting a refund and the instrument. It made a really cute lamp.

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Vintage Buffet R13 - barrel help
« on: February 20, 2022, 09:38:35 PM »
Your assumption is correct. Wood barrels can warp over time. Having a replacement barrel is not uncommon. If you're happy with the performance of the instrument, you're all set. If not, try some other barrels. Have you checked to see if it plays in tune? You may want to get a shorter or longer barrel.

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Help Choosing a Brand
« on: February 20, 2022, 09:07:27 PM »
This is an interesting clarinet. I'm surprised to see that it's a composite rather than resotone instrument. I would have thought is newer than 1968. I'll be interested in hearing more about your purchase.

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.

When your buddy decides to buy a "good" clarinet and ditch the overrated Buffett have him get in touch with me. I usually have at least a couple top line Leblancs on hand. I'm not home right now, but I think currently I have at least 3 LLs, a Classic and a Symphonie 2.


You definitely have a top line Leblanc model LL (for Leon Leblanc). They were produced starting around 1963 and were made for about 15 years. I am a saxophonist and the literature describes these as the perfect instrument for wood doublers. I gave up my Buffet and Selmer Center Tone in favor of one of these. I refurbish older instruments and have worked on quite a few of these great instruments. Additionally, I just bought a matched set (a Bb and an A) to go with my LL Eb sopranino. My mission is to refurbish these great old instruments and get them into the hands of someone who will use them so I sell them cheaply ($400 - $550). I've seen them sell as high as $1600. Leblanc made clarinet way ahead of their time and hold up well even against the absolute best modern instruments.


Make and Model lists and research / Re: Penzel Mueller Serial Time line
« on: February 18, 2022, 11:43:14 AM »
There was just a set of Penzel Mueller clarinets sold on an auction site. Their serial numbers were 9274(Bb) and 9275(A). They were Albert system clarinets with a wrap around register key. The most interesting feature was that like an Eb clarinet, each of these had a single piece body even though they were made of wood.

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