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Selmer Paris bass clarinet A series

Discussion in 'Selmer Paris' started by Johan Jonker, Dec 24, 2016.

  1. Dear forum,

    I am able to buy a Selmer Paris bass clarinet with serial number A1xxx. According to the serial number lists it is from 1978. Is it worth 2000 dollars or is that to much for a almost 40 years old instrument. They say it is just checked by a professional.

    kind regards
  2. Gandalfe

    Gandalfe Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    I would say that would be an fine deal IF it plays well and is a looker. Are you able to play test it first? Do you have pictures? Good luck!
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  3. Thanks for your reaction!
    I made an appointment to play it first ;-).

    I played a Selmer Bundy and a Vito before and now I play an old french wooden bass clarinet that sounds much better but is ergonomically less than the Bundy.

    How is the ergonomy of an 40 years old Selmer Paris compared to the others?

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  4. Gandalfe

    Gandalfe Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    I would imagine very close to being the same. Note, the bass clarinet needs a really nice mouthpiece. A good mouthpiece like a Walter Grabner can fix a lot of voicing problems.
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  5. Hummmm,.. I am dissappointed. Someone else was just before me and bought it for the same price I had in mind $%^&*(. But I think I keep on looking for an instrument like this.
  6. TrueTone

    TrueTone Clarinet, Sax, Oboe, History

    Yeah, that can be rather frustrating to have happen.
    Another one like it'll eventually come up though.
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