QUESTION: I have a vintage buffet crampon & cie a Paris made in frace academy edition clarinet and have 2 questions.

1: how much is it worth I got it for $40 and it has no cracked in the wood I have all the parts but the corks need replacing and it needs tuned all the parts say buffet crampon & cie a Paris academy model exempt the part that you put the reed on and blow into. It doesn't say accadamy model whitch brings me to my next question.
2: is the part that doesn't say academy model still part of the same clarinet as the other pieces it also doesn't say made in France. Also how do I find out if it really is vintage? And it came with a Leblanc reed caddy. If u know what the contents are called please tell me. Thanks!

ANSWER: Hello Chris,
I would need the serial number of this instrument for further consideration..This can be found on the undersection of the clarinet and where ther pieces join together...Cheers   JACK

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QUESTION: The clerical number is 86155.

Hello again Chris,
Thank you for getting back to me with the serial number...It was manufactured in 1965...When Buffet came out with their R-13 model [still one of the finest clarinets around], sometimes there would be minor flaws [area of keywork not polished/slight discoloration in wood etc]...Rather than retool and spend time fixing these minor problems, they would call these clarinets 'Acadamy model' and sell as a student clarinet...In fact ,most of them play like an R-13 in spite of the name stigma..It sounds like your clarinet needs a bit of work..I would suggest an overhaul, which would renew everything and make it like a new clarinet...In this condition, [for the $300-400. overhaul]  it should be worth at least $1000. a new mouthpiece can be bought on Ebay for $30-200., depending on type, though if you are selling, many would use their own mouthpiece anyway.  You may have bought well...Cheers   JACK


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my 'area of expertise' is traditional jazz...i have had classical training...i am from san francisco,came to australia in 1971 to teach h.s. music...resigned to play full time music in 1975 [to present]


i have played with the graeme bell allstars [25 yrs] ray price quintet [5 yrs], led own groups [20 yrs]..played in all the major australian jazz festivals, played 2 yrs with local symphony most recorded jazz clarinetist in oz [39 recordings]..can be heard on you tube

on committee of clarinet soc. of n.s.w for 7 yrs...[now defunct]

a.a. degree,b.mus degree, secondary teaching credential

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