I'm in love with vintage Leblanc clarinets and I don't care who knows it! The 1940's to the 1960's were a really sweet spot in Leblanc's history and I've been privileged to work on Symphonies, Dynamics, Noblets, Dynamiques, CBs, Classics and other even more obscure models that, properly restored, will give just about anything made today a run for its money...and for quite a bit less money, at that.
All were built of superior, tight grained, well seasoned grenadilla wood. All had solid nickel alloy (or silver-plated) keywork, phos-bronze springing, comfortable ergonomics, great intonation and a warm, centered tone. Most are available for $300 or less and I routinely sell them for about $700, fully restored with leather pads.
As old Buffets and Selmers continue to climb in price, and new ones top $4k, it might be a good idea to consider a vintage Leblanc for your musical needs. Anyone from student to pro could be satisfied for many years...
The Licorice Shtick Blog is the creation of the Vintage Clarinet Doctor, a Winston Salem, NC based woodwind instrument repair shop specializing in vintage and antique clarinets, saxophones, and the occasional flute.