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I wouldn't trust your tech if he thinks that is rosewood.

Has he ever worked on a clarinet before?
 

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The pictures look like the much tighter grain of grenadilla.

Are any of the tone holes or barrel lined?

Looks like grenadilla from here.

The comments in the eBay ad regarding cracking leave me concerned.

On the other hand, I really like the III.
 

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looks like African Blackwood to me
compare it to Rosewood clarinets from http://www.patricola.com/
Just their home page shows a Rosewood clarinet next to an African Blackwood oboe ... a vast visual difference.

interesting article from Sherman from above link about Rosewood. From making experimental barrels I found the same qualities and problems from Rosewood.

FYI, don't confuse blackwood/M'Pingo and rosewood with ebony, especially striped ebony ... very close but different.

The Symphonie 3 was, to me, the best of the vintage Symphonie line from Leblanc.

FYI, barrels and upper joints will crack on any type of wood due to the just temperature (expansion/contraction pressure) difference from the outside to inside. Excluding any wood deficiencies.
 
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