Do Clarinets Wear Out?

Are old clarinets worth anything?

A “very cheap vintage” clarinet is most likely just “old.” No, the wood does not degrade with time.

A good clarinet, if well maintained, can remain a good clarinet.

For example, Buffet R13 clarinets from the 1950-1960s are highly prized (although much more affordable than similarly vintage, quality saxophones)..

How much do used clarinets go for?

Used Clarinets for SaleClarinetLevelPriceVito 7214 ClarinetBeginner$175Vito Reso-tone 3 ClarinetBeginner$149Yamaha 20 ClarinetBeginner$229Yamaha 20 ClarinetBeginner$2454 more rows

Why does my clarinet smell bad?

A bad clarinet smell typically comes from bacteria or mold growing inside the instrument. After playing, if the clarinet is not swabbed out and the mouthpiece wiped, it creates the perfect environment for bacteria and mold to thrive in. You can also get a funky smell from the reed, case, or keys.

How much does it cost to put new pads on a clarinet?

While this job can vary in final cost based on the condition of the tone holes and the pads in the lower joint, most clarinets in decent condition can have this service done for around $150.

How often should I oil my clarinet?

Be sure to apply key oil around once a month-or once every two weeks if you have sweaty palms. The L (light) oil is for instruments such as the piccolo, flute, and oboe; the M (medium) oil is for the clarinet; and the H (heavy) oil is for instruments such as the saxophone, bass clarinet, and bassoon.

How much does it cost to clean a clarinet?

Typically runs between $150-200 when using quality pads on a professional-quality instrument and replacing silencers/corked keys.

How long do clarinets last?

It’s impossible to say, but a student instrument should last for 10 years of constant playing, an intermediate clarinet for 15 – 20 years of steady use, and a professional model even longer. If an instrument is carefully used for a few years and then left in the case, it should still be in good condition.

How often should clarinet pads be replaced?

every 12 to 18 monthsYou should have your clarinet serviced every 12 to 18 months.

How much is a used Yamaha clarinet worth?

Used Yamaha ClarinetsClarinetLevelPriceYamaha 20 ClarinetBeginner$229Yamaha 20 ClarinetBeginner$245Yamaha 34 ClarinetIntermediate$429

How much is a Buffet clarinet worth?

Clarinet ValuesBrand (P) = Professional (I) = Intermediate (B) = BeginnerModel InfoAuction (xx) = yearBuffet (P)vintage pre R13$400-$460 (09)Buffet (P)early R13s$350-600 (09)Buffet (P)R13s$800 -1400 (09)Buffet (P)RC44 more rows

Are wood clarinets better than plastic?

This wood produces a much darker and richer sound than plastic clarinets. Most wood clarinets come with additional benefits, such as more precise tuning, adjustable thumb rests, and other upgrades. Because wood is sensitive to temperature and humidity, wood clarinets require greater upkeep than plastic clarinets.