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Clarinet Refurbishing Advice Please

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I am thinking of trying my hand at refurbishing old clarinets. From my side this is a retirement hobby- I have no delusions about making a living doing this. I've always enjoyed working small wood projects and more recently stereo electronics and I love playing the clarinet since I started 9 months ago.
My question is - What is a good clarinet to start on. One that will not present any weird complications. That is reasonably straight forward with parts readily available. I was thinking B&H or Noblet or Selmer Signet. I am playing a Signet, but I don't know if that's much of a consideration. Cost to buy an instrument is certainly an issue my pension doesn't stretch very far. That's why I'm considering these horns.
I would certainly appreciate any advice you folks might have [rolleyes]

cheers- preston
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When you say "refurbishing" do you mean "overhauling"? Pads, springs, corks, etc.? Any student line, intermediate or professional clarinets are constructed pretty much the same. The issue is being able to "seat" the clarinet pads, which are floated in, not glued. It's a bit difficult for novice. If you can clarify, maybe I can have some suggestions.
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