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Considerations when buying a clarinet

When buying a clarinet there are a few things that can make the difference between a good or bad purchase. Whether buying a student clarinet or a professional model, there are some considerations that should be made before you commit to buy.

The first decision is whether to buy a new or second hand clarinet. While a second hand clarinet may be the cheaper option at first, there are advantages to buying a new instrument. Firstly, you have a warranty, which should cover any repairs of your clarinet for a reasonable amount of time (usually twelve months).

Many dealers will also have repairers, meaning you will have someone trained in clarinet repair close by – this can be a consideration if you are thinking of buying your clarinet mail-order or off the internet (will you have to send it away to be repaired?).

The repair and parts should also be considered when choosing a brand of clarinet to buy – a well known brand is more likely to have readily available parts and people who know how to repair the clarinet than obscure brands. While you may never have any problems with your clarinet, repairs and parts should be a factor in your budget.

Something that should not stop you buying a clarinet that you like is the mouthpiece. It is quite common for both students and professionals to replace the mouthpiece their clarinet originally came with. The same applies to the case your clarinet will be kept in – this is especially important with second hand clarinets, and you should consider whether to buy a new case an investment against future damage.

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written by Natalia Forrest


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