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Clarinettists, help!

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Broken11Girl Wed 18-Oct-17 04:14:55

I have the urge to buy a clarinet, did grade 5 21 years ago as a teen. I do not have a lot of money. Could maybe get a loan, would rather not. Is there any point getting a <£200 instrument, or will it sound terrible? Recommendations?
What reed strength would be best? I think I used a 2.5, but it was a long time ago.
Any recommendations for enjoyable repertoire (classical or romantic, mainly, not jazz) to refresh my skills and move on also welcome smile

highinthesky Wed 18-Oct-17 04:40:41

Honestly? Get yourself on Gumtree and find a bargain for the time being. It might not be perfect but will get you started whilst you save up for the clarinet of your dreams.

Broken11Girl Wed 18-Oct-17 04:49:46

Thanks. I'm iffy about a second hand one...a stranger basically bit and spit in it envy grin

highinthesky Wed 18-Oct-17 05:05:51

I can understand that, from memory they are very drool-y instruments grin

FloatingCamel Wed 18-Oct-17 05:07:02

You can get a new mouthpiece if you’re that bothered but they do wash. 2 reed to start with maybe?

Broken11Girl Wed 18-Oct-17 20:11:01

Exactly, so drool-y!
A new mouthpiece is a really good suggestion, thanks - would improve either a cheap new clarinet or second-hand one.

Broken11Girl Wed 25-Oct-17 18:26:21

I ordered a clarinet grin

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