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All about Clarinets / Re: Info for G. Rudolf Uebel clarinet
« on: August 17, 2022, 04:59:17 PM »
E550 seems a little much. They are very hard to find, but I don't know if I could justify that price point. I bought my G Rudolf Uebel, Reform-Boehm, for about $220. Granted, the bridge key is broken but that's a sub-$100 fix, placing it in the $350 maximum range.

I don't know much about these. I do know that they are pretty rare (at least in the US), and considered to be pretty good.

For your purposes, I doubt you could spend the $200 on a refurbishment (making it E750), and then still be able to sell for a profit. They're nice, but not THAT nice. 

I'll get you in touch with one of the country's preeminent low woodwind experts.

All about Clarinets / Re: what is the model of this clarinet
« on: August 07, 2022, 06:45:16 AM »
Insert pics into thread and it'll work much better.

Typo correction: I said "it's definitely not metal."

I MEANT: "it's definitely not wood..."

That's definitely an ABS plastic material. I'm not sure if the striations were meant to emulate wood grain or just a product of production, but it's definitely not metal.

That logo looks like its from the early 80s, I think.

Hi to you all.
I've got a Vito oval logo Contra Alto clarinet, #7152D, low Eb on the body.
Is it a 7168 1995 made model?
Which material? It's extremely heavy, with wood like veins.
Throw a picture in here please. I don't think Vito ever made any wood contra alto clarinets. It could be an ABS material with "grain," somewhat like the Buffet B12.

All about Clarinets / Re: Broken Hearted
« on: July 16, 2022, 05:15:22 PM »
I have a 1923 Buescher alto. Pretty much a museum piece. This soprano you found is a real gem. I sure hope grandson appreciates it.

Neat! I don't think its terribly special, but pretty cool. Sometimes backpack cases were exclusive to certain retailers. The Buffet International was a C13 that was sold exclusively in retail stores, and not online, and came with a cool case that you couldn't find elsewhere.
Could be a similar situation.

Make and Model lists and research / Re: vintage ? regent clarinet
« on: June 26, 2022, 07:51:12 AM »
Pics will be infinitely useful to determine age.

The image is so huge I can barely see it. I certainly don't see a case
Well, you do see the inside of the case, eh?  :P

Don't see a problem with it. Jupiter clarinets aren't really commonly faked.

It's french, so that rules out the R13. It's wood, so that rules out a B12.

It's most likely an E11. If you get a flashlight and hold it juuuuust right against where the logo would be, you should be able to find a ghostly image of "E11" still remaining.

Wait, the barrel doesn't detach? Well that's definitely unique. Can't say I've heard of that before. I'm sure you've checked, but it could be stuck on?

Whatever it is, that's a pretty premium style of metal clarinet. Adjustable barrels are hard to find on all but the highest quality metals.

Detachable bell is also a good sign - for some reason, the more pieces a metal breaks down into, the better it tends to be. Don't ask me why.

All about Clarinets / Re: need replacement lower joint for VSP
« on: May 21, 2022, 06:10:48 AM »
I feel like you'd be better off just getting an entirely new clarinet. The odds of getting a perfect match on a Frankenstein'd clarinet is pretty minimal.

Not impossible, but you'd basically find yourself trying every joint you come across until you magically find one that fits just right. I don't know if there's any real advice I can give, other than just keep trying.

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