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Messages - DaveLeBlanc

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If you're talking about the thumb ring, I would first see if there's any grime on that little strip first.
Then, unscrew the screw rod, clean it with alcohol, then add a bit of key oil. If that doesn't fix it, you can try wrapping that little leg with some cheap teflon plumber's tape.

Boy, a 14 year old with an R-13? Talk about starting them off well!

Please see my Buffet identification guide here:


From the looks of it, might just be a 1970s or so R13. An astounding find at at thrift shop. However, I do see several repaired cracks on the upper joint, which can seriously detract the value. Either way, you should make a few bucks.

All about Clarinets / Thrift shop finds
« on: September 29, 2023, 04:22:51 PM »
I have literally never had any luck finding woodwind instruments for reasonable prices at any thrift shop.

Finally, this week, I found three:
$75 for a Vito bass in rather poor condition. However, it came with what appears to be a new Yamaha 4C mouthpiece, and the case is impeccable. An easy $150 in value just in the mouthpiece and the case.

$50 for a Buescher 20A alto sax. Great shape, slight bend in the bell though. Came with a rather new-looking Selmer Goldentone 3 mouthpiece. It needs a few adjustments in the lower stack, but that's probably a $200 instrument for $50.

$10 for an antique violin of some sort. It is a Stradivarius copy, and is stamped "Conservatory Violin" on the neck. I couldn't find any maker's mark, but there is an antique repair tag inside - repaired by *some guy* based in Washington, D.C., in 1936. So, it's at least from 1936, and considering that the repair was a lateral crack, and it doesn't appear to have been dropped or abused, I would imagine it's a very early 20th century piece.
It's missing the tailpiece, chinrest, bridge, pegs, and strings - it's a bare body. However, I just need to buy these individual pieces and I should have a nice 100-year old violin for less than $100 after I buy some cheap parts. Nice.

The gods finally answered my call for cheap instruments at the thrift!

Help and info about other instruments / Re: Got a new instrument
« on: September 29, 2023, 04:17:15 PM »
Huh, how neat. Looks like fun

Trading Post / Re: Other places to sell and buy instruments?
« on: September 29, 2023, 04:15:39 PM »
Well, I don't know of any schools which are willing to BUY instruments - they always take donations though. I guess that might help for tax purposes.

If you have a really special, expensive, or unique instrument, a local university or museum may be interested in a purchase.

How awesome. Lovely instrument. It will clean up very nicely, I'm sure. Shame about the cracks, but those are just about unavoidable at that age. A little CA and some delicate touch and you're in business.

All about Clarinets / Re: Yamaha CSVR and left Eb key (CSVR-ASP)
« on: September 29, 2023, 04:12:46 PM »
Always wondered why the left Eb is so uncommon on sopranos. I guess sure, the size, but... it's just an extra key. Every alto and larger clarinet has one standard!

All about Clarinets / Re: Thoughts on current instrument market?
« on: September 28, 2023, 05:36:53 PM »
Oddly enough, in my experience it's always been hard for me to sell instruments at a level that it's worth my time. If I'm spending 10 hours on a restoration and can only sell something for $500, but I bought it for $200, at that point it's not really a money-maker.

That being said, it's probably been about 3 years since I've sold anything, so maybe things have changed.

Nice mouthpiece!

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Interesting plastic Conn
« on: September 21, 2023, 08:09:20 PM »
How neat. Most Conns with that stamp I've seen tended not to have the brushed plastic finish, smooth instead. Sure looks like an Artley 18S to me!

All about Clarinets / Re: Who can share experiences with Fiberreeds?
« on: September 21, 2023, 08:07:08 PM »
Boy, been a while since I've been in the synthetic reed game. I used to play almost exclusive on Fibracell 3 on soprano and bass.

For Contra Alto, I always used Legere, a softer one though I don't remember exactly which. One day I'll pick things back up.

All about Clarinets / Re: Just bought a BD4 to try out.
« on: September 21, 2023, 08:04:42 PM »
Good review, thanks. For years I played on a very good Geo M Bundy 3 that was tossed in the case of some basket case clarinet.

Years later, Phil gifted me a Rico Reserve X5, and I've never had better.

All about Clarinets / Re: Pedler Hoosier Metal Clarinet
« on: September 03, 2023, 06:05:06 PM »
It's very difficult to find a manufacturer-specific barrel for metals. Best of luck

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