Buying a used or restored clarinet for many people seems like a blow in the dark. How do you know what to buy and from whom to buy? This article will provide recommendations that will help answer these two questions, whether you are shopping at a local music store, on the website, or in newspaper advertising.
Know something about the seller
Check the seller’s information to find out who you are buying from. Get opinions from local musicians. Most musicians will want to be useful to you. Ask the music teachers what they think about a particular store or music provider on an online site. Maybe they are ready to help in the selection process or to help with the seller’s investigation. We recommend that you stay away from pawnshops if you do not have a very capable person to take with you.
Make sure you get a money back guarantee
Do not buy from those who do not give you a money back guarantee. I think it would be fair for the seller to set a reasonable time limit for their refund policy. Make sure you have a clear idea of your return policy and that you can return the clarinet and what the conditions are.
Do you know what you want
If you are buying for a beginner or a child, you probably want to start with a plastic or hard rubber clarinet. This type of clarinet requires less care and maintenance than a wooden clarinet and, in general, is less stable, which makes it easier for a beginner to obtain sound. Again ask those who know. Teachers will be happy to give their opinion on what is a good option.
If you are looking for a clarinet for a beginner or a child, the following models will do it: Selmer 300 and 1400 models, Yamaha 20, Leblanc Vito Resotone (# 3, 7212 and 7214) and Buffet B12: all solid resonances. Clarinet Fingering Chart is a good choice for the novice instrument. The Ridenour 147 is a new clarinet model that also plays very well. We find that all the models mentioned here are very stable in quality. Of course, it also makes a big difference in the care of a used clarinet.
If you are looking for a wooden instrument, we recommend you again to the manufacturers mentioned above. Some models are the Selmer Signet line, Leblanc Noblet or the Normandy clarinets. We strongly recommend that you stay away from the clarinets you have never heard of. Many of them are simply not very well made and do not have the quality of the brands mentioned above.
Know what to look for
Inspect joints for worn edges, cracks or other damage. If you are shopping online, look carefully at the photos. Do not buy anything that is clearly not shown in several photos. Look at the cork where the pieces meet. Is it chipped or very worn or even missing? Carefully read the seller’s copy. We recommend that you stay away from any vendor who does not have experience with clarinets.
Do not forget to haggle!
Make an offer; It never hurts to try.
Oh, good luck!
When you explore and explore the vast world of clarinets, I encourage you to have fun with this process. I hope that something you read here will help you with this.