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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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Any clarinet that is in good shape is acceptable as a 'first overhaul'.
I'd say "in good shape" is the operative phrase. You would be struggling if you start on a clarinet which has a zillion other problems apart from pads and corks. And that would be common for high quality instruments that have been neglected or abused for decades, and also for some brand new el-cheapo clarinets.
For a clarinet that old, also check for posts that wobble. There could be many more problems that you have not noticed yet. A learning curve. :)
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