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Jack Hi!

I have a Buffet Clarinet serial number 35623 which I bought in France in the early 1960's. Except for needing new pads it is in very good shape. Would you please tell me its value. Thanks. Len

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Hello Len,
According to Buffet issued serial numbers, clarinets with numbers 35501-38000 were manufactured in 1949.   These are called  'pre R-13 models'.  I had one [same vintage as yours] a few years ago. I had a complete overhaul done on it and it came up extremely well. I sold it for $1,500. Your clarinet in its current condition could go for $700+..If it needs  a repad, no one can play it adequately to access how it can play.    Cheers   JACK

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Expertise

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]

Education/Credentials
a.a. degree,b.mus degree, secondary teaching credential

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