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hello, thank you for your time...
   I received a clarinet that has the name HENRI LA VELLA , and a # D705, the elderly lady said it was her husbands in school. said he passed 8 years ago at the age of 74.... hoping you may know more about this item ? Thank you so much

Hello Richard,
You did not specify if the clarinet is  made of wood or is  a silver clarinet...They made both. The only information I could find is that they were imported to the USA from 1921 onwards by a music imstrument importer Henri Grosman.  [ The name Henri La Vella sounds French or Italian]..Since there is relatively little information on these clarinets, I believe it falls into the category of  a 'no name' instrument, which means at best, you could expect no more than a few hundred dollars, if the instrument was in excellent condition..          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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