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IS this a contrabass ?

Discussion in 'Eb Contralto Clarinet' started by Steve, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. Steve

    Steve Clarinet CE/Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    Looks like a BBb contra to low D.

    AFAIK, Leblanc only made the EEb contra to low Eb or C.

    You can't tell from the m/p, as they both used the same one.
     
  3. gregcagle

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    If it's 44 inches long, it's probably a BBb contrabass, not a contraalso. My understanding is that the contraalto is model 352, not 515. I think that's the serial number. Sounds like the seller is confused as well :). Jim Glass has a EEb contraalto paperclip and can confirm, probably.
     
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    My Leblanc Paperclip contra alto (to low C) is 33" long. Heck the case is only 35" long.
     
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    Looks like a pretty good buy, in any event.
     
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    I'm guessing with that many bids someone is gonna end up paying more than $2K for it plus the overhaul costs. Most likely a dealer will nab it.
     
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    Rumble on...

    This is definitely an old Leblanc 340 (BBb contra) with range to low D (written). The "515" must be its serial number. Looks like its in pretty good condition :-D
     
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    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    It's already doubled in price from the original bids and someone else has told the seller it's a contrabass.
     
  9. davetrow

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    Contrabass price

    Good guess. An hour before the auction ended bidding was over $2500. I don't know what it closed at.
     
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    $3,161.00
     
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