Great deal on a good Selmer (Paris) alto clarinet

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  1. SOTSDO

    SOTSDO Old King Log Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    Steve Clarinet CE/Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    It will be interesting to see the price when it is sold.
     
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    jbtsax Distinguished Member Distinguished Member

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    There seems to be a school inventory number etched into the body above the serial number. Could this be one of the school band horns that grew legs and mysteriously walked out of the bandroom and into someone's closet. The burning question then is why would anyone want to steal an alto clarinet for God's sake?
     
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    SOTSDO Old King Log Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    To be completely fair...

    ...I have attended auctions where large numbers of school instruments have been moved by the district. So, it may not be a theft. Why they would want to fob off a perfectly good horn like this one, however, is a mystery to me.

    Most school horns are beaten to junk, particularly the lower keywork and tone holes on bass clarinets and baritone saxes. But, there are some gems to be had.

    When the boy was still a budding bassoonist, I followed a classified ad in the Houston (TX) Chronicle to a bassoon for sale. When we went to look at the horn (a Selmer, as it turned out, and a woofy one at that), I went over it with a magnifying glass, looking for any theft ID imprints (all of my horns have this, done with a hardened steel "micro stamp"). The case had had a painted imprint removed with MEK (you could still smell it in the stitching), a strong sign of something fishy in the first place.

    The man of the house sat in the next room, sunglasses on in a darkened house) playing his guitar aimlessly and watching us the whole while. I got the sneaking suspicion that anyone selling a bassoon who wasn't willing to discuss it with us (his wife did all of the talking, and her story was very very vague and weak) was probably trafficking in stolen goods.
     
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    I am not so sure that is a Selmer Paris...body looks plastic to me.
     
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    SOTSDO Old King Log Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    I make no claims beyond what I read...

    ...since it is, after all, an alto clarinet. Less chance of a crack that way, in any event...
     
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    Yes, there's nothing in the ad to prove it's from Selmer, only the mouthpiece.
     
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    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    True, but it is a C* and I'm sure that's worth a bit more than $22 :).
     
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    Helen Content Expert Saxophones Staff Member Administrator

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    Come on Pete. It's an alto clarinet doodad. Not even a horn itself is worth more than than $22.00. :emoji_rage:

    Sorry, couldn't resist. That was just too way too easy... Hey anyone want to buy my Kohlert A.C.? It's yours for only, you guessed it, $21.99. :emoji_smile:

    Just kidding, I can't part with it. Because if I did actually sell it, I couldn't make jokes about ACs any more. :(
     
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    SOTSDO Old King Log Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    Along this line...

    ...there is one of the relatively rare Bundy open hole alto up for sale right now on the eBay site.
     
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    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    $360 with 14 bids.
     
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    Steve Clarinet CE/Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    Wow, I never realized Terry would spend that much for an Alto Clarinet :emoji_rage:
     
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    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    Or, of course, he really overpaid for that Selmer mouthpiece.
     
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    SOTSDO Old King Log Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    I still have my alto clarinet mouthpiece, thank you very much...

    ...gotten for free at my very first paid music job. One is more than enough...
     

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