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Hello,

I found this clarinet on sell on my country, which is a Selmer and it has a plain number 9 as identification of the model, no the crossed branches with leaves usually found on the series 9 model,
You can see the pic here:

http://bimg2.mlstatic.com/clarinete-selmer_MLV-F-3750678699_012013.jpg

the auction page is:
http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ve/MLV-410126189-clarinete-selmer-_JM

Is around 200 Us$, more or less if with take the official currency which in my country is overpassed for the real currency market.

And I have this other option:
http://img2.mlstatic.com/clarinete-buffet-de-madera-en-sib_MLV-O-4357956516_0520

the auction page is:
http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ve/MLV-410529472-clarinete-buffet-de-madera-en-

The last ones is around 250 us$. I usually have been playing the alto sax by about ten years quite an amateur, but I pretend to begin to be serious in studying the clarinet, soy Which one will You recommend me?.

Thanks You so much for your help!.

Gilberto.

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Hello Gilberto,
Personally, I would go for the  Selmer Series 9/[which it is]and was top of the line when introduced in the  70s....It is a pro level instrument,while the Buffet is  a  good intermediate level instrument...I have a Series 9 myself, and love it...It has a bigger bore than the Buffets and is capable of a big sound..............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]

Experience

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 orchestra...am most recorded jazz clarinetist in oz [39 recordings]..can be heard on you tube

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

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

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