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My daughter is an Instrumental music student and we are looking to update her clarinet for Christmas.  We have the opportunity to purchase the clarinet in subject. We would like to know if this is a good choice or if a newer model would be better?  
Thank you,
Linda

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Hi Linda,

It depends on the overall sound (no impossibly stuffy notes, c# is the likeliest culprit)  the intonation, and the price. If the 12ths play close to in tune and there are not any notes that play particularly out of tune- very flat notes are the worst - then the clarinet might be worth considering for the right price. To know the right price, do a google search of the instrument to determine what it generally sells for used.  Have your daughter or a trusted clarinetist spend some quality time with the clarinet and a tuner before making your decision!

Good luck,

Rebecca

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I am a former college music professor. I`ll be happy to discuss repertoire, set-up, music schools, technique, recordings, etc. If you have a question about the value of an instrument, please read this: Clarinets do not improve with age. The inside shape changes with use, making it more difficult to play in tune. A quality new clarinet can be purchased for $2000. I would generally not pay more than $300 for an older clarinet, and that is after an overhaul ($400) has already been done. That's just my opinion and I'm sure you can find someone who would pay more. If you want to know the year of your instrument, go to http://www.woodwind.org/clarinet/Equipment/HowOld/

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I am a former college music professor. I`ll be happy to discuss repertoire, set-up, music schools, technique, recordings, etc. If you have a question about the value of an instrument, please read this: Clarinets do not improve with age. The inside shape changes with use, making it more difficult to play in tune. A quality new clarinet can be purchased for $2000. I would generally not pay more than $300 for an older clarinet, and that is after an overhaul ($400) has already been done. That's just my opinion and I'm sure you can find someone who would pay more. If you want to know the year of your instrument, go to http://www.woodwind.org/clarinet/Equipment/HowOld/

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I am a former college music professor. I`ll be happy to discuss repertoire, set-up, music schools, technique, recordings, etc. If you have a question about the value of an instrument, please read this: Clarinets do not improve with age. The inside shape changes with use, making it more difficult to play in tune. A quality new clarinet can be purchased for $2000. I would generally not pay more than $300 for an older clarinet, and that is after an overhaul ($400) has already been done. That's just my opinion and I'm sure you can find someone who would pay more. If you want to know the year of your instrument, go to http://www.woodwind.org/clarinet/Equipment/HowOld/

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