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Offline zigzigy7

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clarinet value
« on: May 21, 2018, 10:14:27 AM »
I am looking to sell my amati acl 315 full boehm clarinet in order to partially fund the purchase and restoration of a better horn and I would appreciate some help in appraising this instrument.it is made of wood and the serial # is 200400 but I could never find a date to attach to it. i purchased it little over a year ago for $450 and have had the register key pad replaced with cork and the C#/G# key pad replaced because it was torn, but that's the only work i've had done on it and works perfectly. thank you.

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Re: clarinet value
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2018, 11:01:39 AM »
Wow, that's beautiful. Reminds me of one I had a while ago.

I'd estimate this at the $550-$600 range. So you should be able to make money on the sale.

What are you planning on purchasing with these funds?
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Re: clarinet value
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2018, 11:07:17 AM »
i've found a selmer depose full boehm for around 400 that i think would be a good step up once its been tweaked. considering amati's full boehms dont have the best keywork

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Re: clarinet value
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2018, 02:24:30 PM »
That's a pretty good price for an FB Selmer. Good luck!
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Re: clarinet value
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2018, 05:54:04 PM »
That is a beautiful instrument!

If you are willing, I think it might help several of us to know how much you are able to sell that full Boehm for in the end. I often place those as starting at $1000, even for old ones. But clearly I must be wrong. I'm assuming that it wasn't new two years ago, right?

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Re: clarinet value
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2018, 06:05:51 PM »
I bought the amati used off of ebay and I'll keep you posted on what I get for it

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Re: clarinet value
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2018, 08:45:59 PM »
Zigzigy,
What is it about the keywork you don't like?  Is it the ergonomics or the construction?
(Beautiful FB, by the way.)
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Re: clarinet value
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2018, 10:52:59 PM »
more construction than ergonomic. its an intermediate horn so it's nickel plated. as a result, all the weight and springs you have to push down in order to use the low eb, the LH eb also offers unusual resistance. ergonomically, the LH C# is rather small and positioned lower than the B so when i reach for it i consistantly believe i am going to miss it and usually did when i first was getting used to it. also as a side note, FBs are touchy to adjust. the articulated C# and ring allowing the forked eb. combining these two makes the 1/1 fingering for eb invalid unless you take the time to balance out both of these screws just right, which took me months. not a problem for just this clarinet but most any FB save for possibly ones with donut keys.

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Re: clarinet value
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2018, 01:59:58 PM »
just an update. the work on my new selmer is finished. it has no model name but a serial number of M98xx placing it in 1946. the keys re silver plated, a detail i missed when i first got it on account of how dull it was with age. compared to the above amati the keys are much more responsive and the clarinet as a whole is considerably lighter. the grain on this is gorgeous, the best looking of my seven clarinets with a wooden edgeware as a close second. the register key is identical to that of a centered tone. the bell has no markings on it aside from "made in france", though a slight depression in the wood resembles a spot where a circular logo similar may have been fixed to the bell as opposed to etched. there is also a D stamped onto the low Eb key, what this means, though, i dont know
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