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Anybody know anything about clarinet?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by basscooker, Jan 15, 2021.

  1. basscooker

    basscooker Commercial User

    Apr 11, 2010
    cincy ky
    Owner, ChopShopAmps
    Just fishing for leads. Google is not really helping, or actually offering waaaay too much help, whichever.

    Anyway I just need to know what I have here. Junk, meh, decent but needs work, jazz favorite, symphonic gem? LOL well all I can say for sure is that it's a Xinghai and is complete in a hardshell case. I vouldnt even tell you if its case is aftermarket or brand original or age of either.

    I'll post pics if anyone thinks they can help.

    If this still falls under the TB rules about "how much is it worth" threads, understood. I really just need a lead to follow up.

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  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Been playing over 50 years, badly, still don't know nothin'!
  3. My sister played it in HS. Me? Squeak!:rollno:
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  4. basscooker

    basscooker Commercial User

    Apr 11, 2010
    cincy ky
    Owner, ChopShopAmps

    I got nuthin'.
    I find listings from $75 all the way to $2K + for the maker's clarinets but no clue where this one falls.

    Looks like evilbay will determine what it's worth.

    Thanks though. I figured it was worth a shot.
  5. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    We have my SO's uncle's clarinet. It is safely stored away inside the fireplace surround (hint: it was a piece of junk, in the condition it was in, and we had no plans to restore it). For all we know it could be the Amati of clarinets. At least it is still in the house. :laugh:
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  6. MIMike


    Jan 1, 2013
    West MI
    Is it wood or plastic? Made in China is probably not ever going to be worth the same as made in France. Most likely a student model and worth something...to someone...if not you.
  7. If it’s plastic it’s cheap. If it’s made of wood it’s a mid to high level instrument. Look for a model stamp somewhere on one of the pieces.
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  8. TreySonagras


    Aug 11, 2013
    More than likely it is one of the dozens of cheaply made Chinese band instruments that sell online. I have been a band director for 40 years and have never heard of this brand. Being made in China is not a problem in itself...almost all student level instruments are made there. But some are made by quality brands while others are unknown.
    A similar situation would be Squier guitars made in China are likely better than some brand called Stringmaster.
  9. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Augusta GA
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    I know two funny clarinet stories, they both involve Frank Wess. The first one, my buddy Dan played tenor with the Seattle Jazz Repertory Orchestra for awhile and, since Quincy Jones went to high school there and has some musical roots, Quincy came back for an all star concert featuring his arrangements of his music for the SJRO. And Frank Wess was brought in as featured soloist and "ringer". So they're running through the charts and, at one point, Quincy says "Man, clarinet would really sound good in here. Hey Frank, did you bring your clarinet?" And Frank Wess yells back from the section "Oh man, don't make me stick that black thing in my mouth again!" Hilarity ensued.

    The next one, a friend of mine who does a lot of section work in NYC was in the studio doing some big band recording and Frank once again was on the session. So Jed's sitting in the room that they are recording the reed section in and Frank is coming into the studio and heading towards the room. He's got his tenor around his neck on the strap, carrying his alto in one hand and under his other arm he's got the book of charts for the session and his clarinet. As he steps over the threshold into the room, the clarinet slides out from under his arm and hits the floor, but Frank just keeps walking. Jed, thinking that Frank may not be aware of the mishap, says "Hey Frank, you dropped your clarinet!" To which Frank replies, "Well, it's not like it's an INSTRUMENT or anything..." and keeps walking to his chair. Hilarity, once again, ensues.
  10. Londo Molari

    Londo Molari

    Jan 1, 2014
    2 blocks east of Mars
    Decendant from the Clovis culture. "Emitting that wonderful bass effect since 1970".
    Benny Goodman played one.
  11. TheReceder


    Jul 12, 2010
    I was going to jokingly refer him to talkclarinet.com but after seeing your post... the truth once again is better than fiction ;)
  12. Steadfast

    Steadfast Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2015
    Search Me
    Clarinets are a horrible instrument.
  13. Acker Bilk was the man....
    Stranger on the shore.....,,,,,,
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  14. keyboardguy

    keyboardguy Supporting Member

    May 11, 2005
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  15. dcbluesbass


    Dec 29, 2007
    S.E. Indiana
    I played in bands with a bunch of different sax players. Just about all off them doubled/tripled on flute and clarinet. Just sayin'!!
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  16. Rabidhamster


    Jan 15, 2014

    Pretty sure it’s a beginner instrument.
  17. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    He also liked reading about The Cleveland Orchestra!

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  18. From the look on his face in that picture, he might have read about the Cleveland Orchestra, but I'm not sure he liked it.

    My father was a professional musician who played saxophone and clarinet all his working life. That doesn't mean I know much about them, but my Google foo shows they sell Xinghai clarinets on Alibaba for under NZD$200. At my local music store, where they only have two Bb clarinets under $1,000, even this bright plastic thing costs $246, so if the Xinghai is cheaper than that, I'm betting they're not too good.
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  19. ComeHomeShane

    ComeHomeShane Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2016
    Southern California
    +1 for what he said^.

    Not trying to brag, just adding context... I too am a band director (high school level) and have never heard of this brand. If I may add that if this company has a $100 product on amazon, the likelyhood of them also having an expensive model is very low.

    HOWEVER, clarinets are one of the hardest instruments to find value on, just because there are so many different brands and so many clarinets floating around. I occasionally look on OfferUp for those rare gems that ppl don’t know they have. If it will only take a few minutes, looking up the brand and model number/name is worth doing. I’ve found that Reverb often has an accurate price tag on “refurbished” student models and the like. But purchasing from Reverb is a risk of its own...
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