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Advice on buying clarinet

  • 30-04-2013 10:16pm
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 11,812 ✭✭✭✭ evolving_doors


    hi folks hope you could help me :).. I was hoping to buy a second hand clarinet to have for my school...I've looked at a few on donedeal and adverts (dublin region) but theres such a mixed bag for around the same price (under 200 preferably)and I haven't a breeze about wind instruments. I would have to move on it fairly quick so wouldn't have time to be having chats with someone in a shop (although this is my usual route).so basically..


    Clarinet to be durable
    Grade 2 standard
    Easy to play!
    Doesn't squeek!

    could you advise on any of the instruments up for offer?

    Is there anything I should be looking out for as regards wear and tear for a second hand clarinet.

    Cheers


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  • Go have a look in Waltons on Georges st or McCoullough Piggots on South William St - they get in second hand instruments and they'll make sure they're in good nick before selling them on




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  • http://www.paulryanmusic.com/. Highly recommended.




  • clunked wrote: »
    http://www.paulryanmusic.com/. Highly recommended.

    Cheapest one on the site is €500 new but thanks anyway, I know hed probably do second hands but I wanted to know is if the ones showing on adverts or donedeal are any good? Considering most are priced around 200 or less?

    Cheers anyhow




  • The Jupiter clarinet is a generic version of the Yamaha instrument which retails at €349 and is a good instrument. The mechanism on woodwind instruments is delicate. If you buy second-hand you may buy a very good instrument but spend a fortune on getting it repaired to make it playable. Believe you me, as a pro player myself and one who has taught players from beginner to degree level a reliable instrument is most important. Reputable makes would include Buffet and Yamaha. There is plenty of Chinese made junk out there so be aware of false bargains.


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  • clunked wrote: »
    The Jupiter clarinet is a generic version of the Yamaha instrument which retails at €349 and is a good instrument. The mechanism on woodwind instruments is delicate. If you buy second-hand you may buy a very good instrument but spend a fortune on getting it repaired to make it playable. Believe you me, as a pro player myself and one who has taught players from beginner to degree level a reliable instrument is most important. Reputable makes would include Buffet and Yamaha. There is plenty of Chinese made junk out there so be aware of false bargains.

    Gotcha thanks, suppose I should just take the advice I give to my own piano students!




  • clunked wrote: »
    http://www.paulryanmusic.com/. Highly recommended.

    hi there. I agree with Clunked. Paul Ryan is a superb musical craftsman, and will give you excellent service. Kind of unique sort of craftsman who is good at sales, repairs, etc. A LOT of musicians go to him, or most anyway...don't play clarinet myself.


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