Clarinets

As one of the most important instruments in any orchestra, the clarinet has been center stage, literally, in orchestras from the time of Mozart.

As a big fan of clarinets, Mozart wrote many important solo works for clarinettists that gave ...

ise to its popularity.

From its first development in the late 1600s, the clarinet was continuously refined, by adding more keys to improve its range and tone for clarinettists, for many years. The clarinet truly has evolved throughout history into the magnificent instrument we see today.

Home, Home On The Clarinet's Range

The perfection of the bass clarinet by Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone, in the mid-1800s was important because it added yet even more range to the clarinettist's repertoire.

As a woodwind instrument, the clarinet has an incredibly wide range. It contains 18 holes - six are covered by the clarinettist's fingers and other 12 are covered by keys. A clarinettist determines the pitch of the instrument's tone by covering the holes in various ways.

Believe it or not, there are thirteen different types of clarinets. However, most orchestral clarinettists can be found playing B-flat and A versions. Whereas the instrument used to be made of wood, many today are made with ebonite, a hard, black rubber.

Top makers, including Yamaha, Bonneville, Gemeinhardt, and Armstrong continue to create incredible single-reed clarinets for avid clarinettists around the world.

With their ever-so smooth and always even sound, clarinettists know why this small instrument is always a big hit - from orchestras to the Big Band, marching bands to jazz bars, the clarinet is always a winner.

An Overview Of Clarinets

Clarinets are one of the most versatile musical instruments in the woodwind family.

A clarinet is capable of producing amazingly rich music and it has been part of many orchestras and musical scores.

Because a clarinet is very small and lightweight, it is the ideal musical piece for young aspiring clarinetists.

Although a relatively new instrument compared to the harp or guitar, the clarinet nevertheless has a rich history behind it.

Looking Back At The History Of Clarinets

J.C. Denner invented the first clarinet in the 1600's. Early versions only had two keys and were made in boxwood.

The instrument became popular when Mozart wrote a clarinet concerto. After that, many other composers wrote music for it. These include musical luminaries such as Brahms, Von Weber and Beethoven.

It was only in the 1850s that the clarinet was redesigned into the modern configuration of 17 keys. Today, there are a number of variants.

The E-flat clarinet is about 14 inches long. Then, there is the giant contrabass, which is nearly as tall as a person.

The most popular, however, is the B-flat clarinet. Professional clarinetists often prefer the larger and more powerful varieties.

A clarinet can be relatively inexpensive, making it ideal for budding clarinetists. A plastic one can be bought for two hundred dollars. Wood is superior and produces a more rounded and professional sound.

However, a wood clarinet easily wears out if not cared for, so it is best to buy a plastic one for beginners.

Bass Clarinets - Heavy Body, Low Sound

The bass clarinet, a wooden wind instrument using a single reed, was invented in late 18th century though there is some confusion over the bass. The two names credited with the development of this member of clarinet family are G. Lott (1772) and Heinrich Grenser (1793).

Bass clarinets were initially used in orchestras and later came to be used in bands. More recently, these clarinets have been treated as a solo instrument.

But this clarinet's main role is to boost bass levels in a small ensemble.

Bass Clarinets Floor Their Players

The bass is made from granadilla wood or African Blackwood and is around four and a half feet (1.37m) high. Some basses have a folded body. This makes them look like bassoons. However, the majority of clarinets are straight-bodied with a small upturned bell. On account of their weight, basses are fitted with a floor stand.

The bass is sometimes mistaken for a large saxophone. This is because clarinets are used as second or third instrument by saxophonists. Very few musicians have used these clarinets exclusively.

Each bass has a cylindrical bore that runs through the clarinet's body to produce the dark tone and low pitch associated with all clarinets.

It is important that the clarinet mouthpiece is fitted securely in the bass's neck. Also, as a rule, the bass should be swabbed after each use, and stored in a case to avoid clogging the clarinet pipe with dust.

The two most common brands of clarinet are Yamaha and Selmer and Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" is the bass's masterpiece.

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Oscar Adler & Co. 119 Eb-Clarinet

Eb Clarinet

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German fingering, 5 Rings, Fork F and fork Bb mechanism, Eb-lever, High-gloss silver plated machine heads, Made of very long time stocked blackwood...

Schreiber D-10 C Clarinet

C-clarinet

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With Bb clarinet mouthpiece, German system, Barrel, bell and body are made from carefully selected and dried grenadilla wood with a natural surface...

F.A. Uebel 721 Eb-Clarinet

Eb Clarinet

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Made of blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), 21 Keys, 6 Rings, 4 Trill keys, Fork B and Fork F/B mechanism, H-C# Trills, F-lever, One-part body,...

F.A. Uebel 740 B- Bass Clarinet Tief C

Bb Bass Clarinet

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German system, Tuned in Bb, Tuning slide in the neck, Grenadilla (dalbergia melanoxylon), 4 Thumb keys down to the deep C, B1 Mechanics with 2...

F.A. Uebel 611 C-Clarinet

C Clarinet

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German key system, Made of grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), 15 Keys, 4 Rings, 2 Trill keys, with rollers, Silver-plated nickel silver key...

Yamaha YCL-881 Clarinet

Eb Clarinet

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Custom series, Boehm system, Completely handmade, Made of grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), 42 mm Bulb, Silver-plated mechanism, Leaf screw...

Hammerschmidt 19a G- Clarinet

G Clarinet

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German system, 20 Keys, 6 Rings, B-C# and C-D# rollers, Completely made of grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), Silver-plated key system, Bb...

Yamaha YCL-681 II Clarinet

Eb Clarinet

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Professional series, Boehm system, Made of grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), 46 mm Bulb, Silver-plated mechanism, Leaf screw and silver...

Oscar Adler & Co. 215 C-Clarinet

C Clarinet

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German key system, Child-friendly C clarinet, 13 Keys, 2 Rings, Minimum number of keys for weight reduction, High-gloss silver-plated key system,...

F.A. Uebel G-421 G-Clarinet

G-Clarinet

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German fingering, Made of natural grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), 17 Flaps, 4 Rings, 3 Trills, Ergonomically optimized flaps, Undercut...

Oscar Adler & Co. 322A A-Clarinet

A Clarinet

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German system, 22 Flaps, 6 Rings, 4 Trills on the upper part, Fork B- and fork F- mechanics, Es- and F-Lifters, B/Cis trill, Double C-flap,...

Buffet Crampon RC Eb-Clarinet 17/5

Eb Clarinet

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Boehm system, RC Series, Completely made of grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), Silver-plated mechanics, 17 Flaps and 5 rings, Adjustable...

Oscar Adler & Co. 122 Eb-Clarinet

Eb Clarinet

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Professional model, German fingering, 22 Keys, 5 Rings, Fork F and fork Bb mechanism, Eb-lever, Thumb key for low-E/F resonance key on bell,...

Selmer Récital Eb-Clarinet 18/5

Eb Clarinet

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Boehm system, Eb lifter, Unstained grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), A = 442 Hz, Silver-plated mechanics, 18 Flaps and 5 rings, 2 Pears,...

Oscar Adler & Co. 323A A-Clarinet

A Clarinet

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Oehler- System, 23 Flaps, 5 Rings, 1 Grip plate, 4 Trills on the upper part, Fork B- and fork F-mechanism, Eb-, F- and G# -lifter with 2 side...

Yamaha YCL-847 II Clarinet

A Clarinet

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Custom Series, Hand-crafted soloist model, German system, 27 Flaps, 5 Rings, Oehler System, E/F Cup mechanism, Made of grenadilla wood (Dalbergia...

Oscar Adler & Co. 400 Bass Clarinet Low Eb

Bass Clarinet

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German system, To low Eb, Silver-plated key system, Completely made of rosewood (Dalbergia stevensonii), Semi-automatic switch-over duodecime key,...

Oscar Adler & Co. 120 Eb-Clarinet

Eb Clarinet

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German fingering, 20 Keys, 5 Rings, Fork Bb mechanism, Eb-lever, Thumb key for low-E resonance key on bell, High-gloss, silver-plated mechanism,...

Oscar Adler & Co. 325A A-Clarinet

A Clarinet

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Full error system, 25 Flaps, 5 Rings, 1 Grip plate, 4 Trills on the upper part, Fork B- and fork F-mechanism, Eb-, F- and G# -lifter with 2 side...

Startone SCL- 25 Bb- Clarinet

Bb Clarinet

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Boehm system, 17 Keys, 5 Rings, Body made of ABS plastic, High-gloss silver-plated nickel silver key system, Each instrument is checked in our...

Paulus & Schuler GbR Zoom Clarinet Buffet RC 64mm

Clarinet BarrelWhen the conventional barrel is pulled out for assimilation of intonation the vibrations are cushioned on transfer from the mouth piece to the clarinet since the only remaining connection is the tenon cork. A cavity is formed on the inside a

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For Buffet RC series, Boehm system, The lower part of the barrel consists of grenadilla (dalbergia melanoxylon)

Buffet Crampon BC1180-2-0 Bass Clarinet

Bb Bass Clarinet

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Student model, Pitch range to low Eb, Boehm system, Body is made completely from selected grenadilla (Dalbergia Mmelanoxylon), Reconceptualised...

Buffet Crampon Légende BC1256L A- Clarinet

A Clarinet

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Boehm system, Made of grenadilla (Dalbergia melanoxylon), 440/442 Hz, 19 Keys and 6 rings, Height-adjustable thumb rest, Es lever, Low F-key, Blue...

Yamaha YCL-255 S Clarinet

Bb Clarinet

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Boehm system, Successor model of the YCL-250 clarinet, Lighter bell design without bell ring, ABS, Wood surfaces imitation, New adjustable thumb...

Buffet Crampon E-11 Bb-Clarinet 17/6

B Flat Clarinet

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Boehm system, Made from African Grenadill (Dalbergia melanoxylon), Treated and lacquered, 442 Hz, Nickel-plated key system, Stainless steel...

Schreiber D-26 Bb-Clarinet - NEW

Bb Clarinet

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The new generation 2.0, German fingering system, Advanced tone hole configuration, Adjusted positioning of the keys, Optimised inner bore, New bell...

Buffet Crampon BC1503-2-0 Alto Clarinet

Alto Clarinet in Eb

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Range to low Eb, Body is made from unstained Grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), Mouthpiece, keys and bell are made from nickel silver,...

Paulus & Schuler GbR Zoom Clarinet Barrel Bb 56mm

Clarinet BarrelWhen the conventional barrel is pulled out for assimilation of intonation the vibrations are cushioned on transfer from the mouth piece to the clarinet since the only remaining connection is the tenon cork. A cavity is formed on the inside a

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The lower part of the barrel consists of grenadilla (dalbergia melanoxylon), approx. 56 mm, For German clarinet

Selmer CP 25/II Bass Clarinet Low C

Bass Clarinet

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Boehm-system, Unstained blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), A = 442 Hz, Silver-plated keys, 22 Keys, Includes C85 120 mouthpiece, accessories and case

Buffet Crampon E-13 A-Clarinet 17/5

A-Clarinet

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Boehm system, Completely made of grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), Silver-plated key system, Silver-plated bell ring, 17 Keys, 5 Rings,...

Buffet Crampon E12F Bb-Clarinet 17/5

Bb Clarinet

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E12F, Successor to the E-11 France, Boehm system, Made completely of African blackwood, Silver-plated key system, 17 Keys and 5 sound holes,...

Paulus & Schuler GbR Zoom Clarinet Buffet RC 63mm

Clarinet BarrelWhen the conventional barrel is pulled out for adapting the intonation the vibrations are cushioned on transfer from the mouth piece to the clarinet since the only remaining connection is the tenon cork. A cavity is formed on the inside and

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For Buffet RC series, Boehm system, The lower part of the barrel consists of grenadilla (dalbergia melanoxylon)

Yamaha YCL-221 II S Bass Clarinet

Bass Clarinet in Bb

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Boehm system, 20 Flaps, 7 Covered finger holes, Deep Eb, Silver plated keys, Leather upholstery, Adjustable thumb rest, Two-piece ABS - body, Easy...

Selmer Privilege A- Clarinet 18/5

A- ClarinetBalanced and consistent in tone, the new Privilege clarinet stands out for its effectiveness and reliability, its dynamic possibilities and timbre are ideal for the symphony orchestras and the large concert halls.

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Boehm system, A'= 442 Hz, Bore 14.60 mm, Incorporated metal tenon, White leather pads with metal booster in the low register, Gore-Tex pads in the...

Schreiber D-26 Bb-Clarinet

Bb Clarinet

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Made of grenadilla wood (Dalbergia Melanoxylon), German fingering, 20 Flaps, 6 Rings, Adjustable thumb holder, 2 Barrels, Includes case and...

Buffet Crampon Prodige Bb-Clarinet 17/5

Bb Clarinet

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Boehm system, 17 Keys, 5 Rings, ABS body, Poly-cylindrica bore in accordance with the E13, A '= 442 Hz, Adjustable thumb rest, Silver-plated...

Buffet Crampon E-11 A-Clarinet 17/5

A clarinet

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Boehm system, Completely made of Grenadilla wood, Silver-plated keywork, Valentino pads, 17 Keys and 5 rings, Incl. case and accessories

Oscar Adler & Co. 322 Bb-Clarinet

Bb Clarinet

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German system, 22 Keys, 6 Rings, 4 Trill keys on the upper joint, Forked Bb- and F-mechanism, Auxiliary Eb and F key, B/C# Trill key, Double C key,...

Buffet Crampon Légende BC1156L Bb- Clarinet

Bb- Clarinet

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Legend series, Boehm system, Made of grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), 440 / 442 Hz, 19 Flaps, 6 Rings, Height adjustable thumb rest, E flat...

Schreiber D-41 Bb-Clarinet

Bb Clarinet

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Made of grenadilla wood (Dalbergia Melanoxylon), German fingering, 22 Flaps, 6 Rings, More adjustable thumb holders, 2 Barrels, Includes case and...

Paulus & Schuler GbR Zoom Clarinet Buffet RC 62mm

Clarinet Barrel

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For Buffet RC-Series, Boehm system, The lower part of the barrel is made of grenadilla (Dalbergia melanoxylon)

Buffet Crampon BC1195 Bass Clarinet

Bb Bass Clarinet

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Range to low C, Böhm system, Body completely made of selected grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), New bore, Newly designed key system,...

Yamaha YCL-457II-20 Clarinet

Bb Clarinet

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German key system, 20 Keys, 6 Rings, Normal barrel, Made of grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), Elevated flat plateau for the thumb hole,...

Yamaha Clarinet Bell YCL-457

Bell

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For Bb- clarinet, Made of grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), Suitable for YCL-457-18, YCL-457-20, and YCL-457-22

Buffet Crampon BC1193-2-0 Prestige

Bb Bass Clarinet

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Prestige Model, Low C, Eb / Ab Heber, G Resonance key, Boehm system, Made from unstained African grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon),...

Buffet Crampon Divine BC1260 A-Clarinet 19/6

A-Clarinet

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Boehm system, 440 - 442 Hz, Eb lever, Hand-selected natural grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), 19 Keys, 6 rings, Silver-plated key system,...

Buffet Crampon BC1114L-2-0 RC Bb-Clarinet 18

Bb Clarinet

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RC series, Boehm system, 440 / 442 Hz, 18 Flaps (Eb-lifter), 6 Rings, 2 Barrels, Leather upholstery, Made entirely of grenadilla wood (Dalbergia...

Yamaha YCL-457II-22 Clarinet

Bb Clarinet

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German fingering, Blackwood body (Dalbergia melanoxylon), 22 keys, 6 rings, Normal barrels, Increased flat plateau for thumb hole, F lever and Eb...

Schreiber Bell "New Model Natural"

Bell

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For clarinet, Suitable for models D12 - D41, also D51, Made of grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), "New model", Natural finish, Made in Germany

Buffet Crampon E-13 Bb-Clarinet 17/5

Bb Clarinet

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Boehm system, Made completely of African blackwood (Dalbergia Melanoxylon), Silver-plated key system, Silver-plated bell ring, 17 Keys and 5 sound...

Schreiber Bell "Old Model Black"

Bell for Clarinet

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Suitable for model D12 - D41, also D51, "Old model", Made of grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), Black stained, Made in Germany

Buffet Crampon Tosca A-Clarinet 19/5

A-Clarinet

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With Eb lever, Low-F improvement, Boehm system, Tosca series, Completely made of grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), Silver-plated key system,...

Yamaha YCL-CX A Clarinet

A-Boehm Clarinet

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Custom series, Patched, conical tone-holes, Undercut, open French sound, Silvered mechanics, Of grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), 17 Flaps,...

Buffet Crampon Moennig Bb-Clarin. Barrel 62mm

Moennig Boehm Bb Clarinet Barrel

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Suitable for Prestige clarinet, Barrel with a modified taper - it gets narrower towards the bottom, which gives the clarinet a bit more resistance...

Buffet Crampon Prodige Bb-Clarinet 18/5

Bb Clarinet

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Boehm system, 18 Keys, 5 Rings, Polycylindrical bore according to the E13, A = 442 Hz, Adjustable thumb rest, Blue steel springs, Leather...

Schreiber D-12 Bb- Clarinet

Bb Clarinet

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Made of grenadilla wood (Dalbergia Melanoxylon), With child-friendly silver-plated, narrow key mechanism, 16/6, Includes 2 barrels, mouthpiece and...

Leblanc L7165 Alto Clarinet

Eb Alto Clarinet

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Boehm system, To low Eb, Wood-like finish, Covered nickel plated mechanism, Incl. mouthpiece and deluxe wooden case

Buffet Crampon BC1239L-2-0 A-Clarinet 18/5

A-Clarinet

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Festival series, With Eb lever, Boehm system, Modified R13 Prestige, Completely made of grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), Silver-plated key...

Paulus & Schuler GbR Zoom Clarinet Barrel Bb 55mm

Clarinet Barrel

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The lower part of the barrel is made of grenadilla (Dalbergia melanoxylon), 55 mm, For German clarinets

Selmer Privilege 18/5 NEW Bb Clarinet

Bb Clarinet

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Boehm system, New model, A = 442 Hz, Eb lever, Completely made of grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), Incorporated metal pin, Leather pads...

Schreiber D-41 Bb-Clarinet - NEW

Bb Clarinet

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The new generation 2.0, German fingering system, Advanced tone hole configuration, Adjusted positioning of the keys, Optimised inner bore, New bell...

Yamaha YCL-621 II Bass Clarinet

Bass Clarinet in Bb

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Professional model, To low Eb, Boehm system, Grenadilla wood body (Dalbergia melanoxylon), 20 Keys, 7 Covered tone holes, Mechanism and cup are...

Jupiter JBC1000S Bass Clarinet

Bass Clarinet in Bb

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Boehm fingering, One piece silver-plated neck, Silver-plated mechanism, Two-piece, detachable, matt ABS body with metal ring, Silver-plated bell,...

Selmer Récital A-Clarinet 18/5

A-Clarinet

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Boehm system, Eb lever, Unstained grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), A = 442 Hz, Silver-plated key system, 18 Keys and 5 rings, 2 Barrels,...

Schreiber D-45 Virtuoso Bb- Clarinet NEW

Bb Clarinet

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The new generation 2.0, German system, Advanced tone hole configuration, Adjusted positioning of the keys, Optimised inner bore, New bell shape,...

Buffet Crampon BC1214L-2-0 RC A-Clarinet 18

A Clarinet

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RC series, Boehm system, 440 - 442 Hz, 18 Keys, 6 Rings, Leather pads, Completely made of grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), Silver-plated...

Selmer Signature A-Clarinet 18/5

A-Clarinet

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Boehm system, Eb lever, Unstained grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), A = 442 Hz, Silver-plated key system, 18 Keys and 5 rings, 2 Barrels,...

Buffet Crampon ICON 66mm barrel silver

Barrel for Bb or A Clarinets

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Made of grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), Silver-plated rings

F.A. Uebel 634 Bb-Clarinet

Bb Clarinet

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African Blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), 24 Keys, 5 Rings, 1 Handle plate (Oehler mechanics), 4 Trill keys, Fork B and Fork F-mechanism, Double...

Schreiber D-13 Clarinet - NEW

Bb Clarinet

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The new generation 2.0, Ideal for smaller hands, Advanced tone hole configuration, Adjusted positioning of the keys, Optimised inner bore, New bell...

Buffet Crampon ICON Clarinet Bell silver

Clarinet Bell

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Optimized flow and sound properties, Without bell ring

Selmer C 28 Kontra Bassklarinette

Double bass clarinet

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Tuning in Bb, Rosewood body (Dalbergia Stevensonii from Honduras), Silver-plated keys, Leather upholstery with metal resonators, With sting,...

Schreiber Barrel 52mm

Barrel for Clarinet

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For D-26 and D-27 clarinet, 52 mm, Made of grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon)

Schreiber D-12 Bb- Clarinet - NEW

Bb Clarinet

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The new generation 2.0, With child-friendly silver-plated, narrower keywork 16/6, Advanced tone hole configuration, Adjusted positioning of the...

Buffet Crampon E-13 Bb-Clarinet 18/5

Bb Clarinet

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Boehm system, Eb lever, Made completely of African blackwood (Dalbergia Melanoxylon), Silver-plated key system, Silver-plated bell ring, 18 Keys...