WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY
2525 East Douglas Avenue
Wichita, KS 67211
Tel: (316) 684-0291; FAX (316) 684-6858
Good German bassoon made by Wenzel Schreiber about 1975 for Mirafone-USA, serial number 2252.
The bassoon wears good original varnish to the wood has original high D and very good original silver plate to the keywork. There is an extra trill Eb on the wing joint, finger holes are hard-rubber lined “water tubes”.
All tenons are original with brass caps on all three. Boot-joint rollers on the front A-flat, F-sharp and F-natural. Normal rollers on D-sharp and C-sharp (long joint).
Bell ring is original and undamaged.
With original left-hand and new right-hand whisper key locks and with two original Schreiber (stamped "Mirafone") bocals.
All pads and corks are new, from our shop in Wichita. Original varnish shows very little wear. Schreiber still makes a similar instrument, now with a street price about $7,500. This one’s $3150.
The price is a "best buy", in our opinion....less than half that of a new one!
Of course we sell bassoons that are far less expensive, as well. Our firm in Wichita’s been in business since 1953 and we ALWAYS have second-hand bassoons in our workshop from Schreiber, Fox, Moosmann and other companies. And yes, we sell NEW bassoons, as well.
Questions about bassoons? Do write us! We’re happy to respond to one and all!
Please enjoy several more pictures of this instrument:
Wichita Band Instrument Company is a small musical instrument emporium located in the center of the USA. We’ve been in business since 1953 and have had the same owner since 1963. Originally we were a repair shop that specialized in woodwind and sax restoration. Today we have 16 employees including eight of the finest repair technicians in the country. Virtually ALL the items we sell have been fully reconditioned in our own shop, although we do sell a few unrestored historical instruments each year. Due to the heavy demand for our services, we do no school repairs, and very few “walk-in” repairs.
It’s sometimes possible to buy a good clarinet on Ebay for a lower price, but unless that instrument wears all new pads and corks from a reputable shop, you won’t know how it plays until you spend another several hundred to have it mechanically overhauled. With a used clarinet from OUR shop, you know it’s in the finest condition when it arrives at your home!
Here’s what we do to all the used clarinets we sell:
The instrument is taken apart and everything washed clean. All wood parts are inspected for checks and damage, polished and then soaked in oil for three days. After the body-shop work’s been completed, we swedge hinge-tubes tight again and re-fit to the clarinet body. Finally, pads and corks are replaced and the instrument play-tested. Most customers tell us that our clarinets are then actually “mechanically better than new”.
Wichita Band’s service warranty is the same as it’s been for more than thirty years:
“ALL new and all used instruments sold by Wichita Band Instrument Company come with our 24 month service warranty. It’s in addition to any factory guarantees. For two full years, we will repair or replace, whichever in our estimation is the more advisable, pads, corks, springs or other parts required, at no charge to the customer. In the event of cracked or damaged wood sections, we will repair at no cost to the customer or replace the section and charge the customer only for our net costs for the replacement section. Often, wood replacement parts are supplied from the manufacturer at no charge. The customer is responsible for shipping and insurance charges. Cases and plating finishes are not covered by our service warranty but are sometimes covered by factory guarantees.”
Wichita Band Instrument Company maintains a repair department capable of restoration work of the highest quality. Even though repairs are essentially “free” for the first two years, after that period has expired, we remain at your service to maintain and repair your musical equipment forever. It’s our “service after the sale” promise and has been since 1953!
In the event that a customer requires service under factory guarantees or Wichita Band’s service warranty, the item must be returned to us and not directly to the manufacturer.
Anything we sell can be sent to you for a short approval period without obligation. We collect NO SALES TAX, unless you’re lucky enough to live in Kansas. The customer is responsible for shipping and insurance and must pre-pay back to us any freight and insurance charges on returned equipment.
International shipping is available. Returned items will be refunded within 3 weeks of receiving the item. We’re happy to send any instrument “on approval” for five days, but ask the prospective buyer to pay shipping both ways and to reimburse us for restocking charges (if you pay with credit card, 2.95%) on any returned instrument.
Ebay authorized payment methods:
PayPal or credit/debit card processed through our internet merchant account.
Buyers outside of the USA are responsible for all import duties and customs clearance charges in their respective countries. We may refuse paypal and/or credit card payments from some countries.
Other new, reconditioned, and vintage band instruments available. Our specialties are new clarinets from Buffet, Selmer or LeBlanc as well as re-built and vintage instruments from the same firms. Rebuilt crack-free altos and basses are usually available.
We’re happy to correspond with musicians, players, parents and enthusiasts of all types. Written appraisals are always available, but please don’t write or telephone and ask “what’s granny’s baritone sax worth?” Do an Ebay search and you’ll be able to learn more than we could ever tell you!
Wichita Band Instrument Co.
800-835-3006 payment line (USA and Canada),
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