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I found a 1965 Buffet Bow Eb Bass Clarinet on Facebook Marketplace. The price was very good so I went ahead an bought the instrument. It's going to need work and the lower joint has some cracks; however, my repair guy doesn't think anything is unfixable and these sorts of repairs are common on old bass clarinets.

In the few moments I was able to play the instrument, I was getting really good 'vibes.' It has a Left Hand Eb and Articulated C#/G#.

Hopefully after a couple hundred in repairs, I'll have a world class bass clarinet but the new price of a beginner regular clarinet. I know old Selmers are the way to go in terms of Bass Clarinet but I don't have $2,000+ to spend.
 

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If your repair guy is still Ed Diefes, he will have experience putting your horn into top flight condition. Mine was complete, but little more than a pile of keys and parts. He made it sing. Buffets have a bit more bite than the Selmers. Get yourself a good mouthpiece and you’ll be good to go.
 
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