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> With the right equipment, a bass just might be possible.

A bass tarogato is definitely on my "to build" list, just need to find a cheap junk tenor sax for the keys! I've already made a keyless copy of my 1800s tarogato and was very happy with the results. 

All about Clarinets / Re: Help identifying a supposed 1800's clarinet
« on: June 29, 2020, 05:04:19 PM »
>Although he says at the beginning that everything on it was 3d printed, it's clear that the keys weren't.

Correct. I think I said it in the video, but just to clarify the keys (along with the posts and springs) are not 3D printed. Unfortunately while metal 3D printing has come a long way the technology is still too expensive. After speaking with a prototyping company I learned the cost would be about $500 per key, well above what a skilled tech would charge to make a key.

One promising technology is desktop CNC machining. CNC machining has been around for decades, however desktop sized machines capable of cutting German silver are becoming available. The Shapeoko 3 costs $1250 and works for this application. Of course you can only cut out flat pieces effectively so you still have to do a lot of soldering, but it does make building large amounts of keywork simpler. Making posts and screws are still best done on a lathe though.

My 2 attempts to tune Chinese Ebs have been met with failure. The problem is some toneholes would need to be enlarged so much that you would cut through the tonehole chimney. You would have to machine off a few of the old tonehole chimneys, replace the rings on some keys with larger ones and make a custom chimney. This is in addition to giving the instrument a full repad and overhaul. I've heard that the Grenadilla versions are better, but this is unconfirmed. Even so you would still need to level the toneholes. Given the trouble with rosewood in general, I would avoid them.

For Ebs, Bundys are the tired and true choice for a cheap instrument.

All about Clarinets / Re: new review: Cheap Chinese No-Name A clarinet
« on: March 29, 2020, 12:26:14 PM »
In my experience, The no-name A clarinets really need a new register vent in order to play correctly. Otherwise you will be fighting a loosing battle against wide 12ths. Fortunately, a very effective register tube can be made out of a Nylon 3/16" OD bushing cut down so that it is about 2mm longer than the stock vent. These are available at both major home improvement chains here in the US.

Those are holes for locking screws, the screws were taken out for some reason.

All about Clarinets / Re: Wood Basset Horn Barrel/Neck
« on: February 04, 2020, 10:25:35 AM »
Thanks everyone for your kind words!

In case anyone was wondering, here are some of the curved wooden necks I've made:

I also plan on releasing a more affordable composite wood version for Basset horns and possibly alto clarinets in the near future!


All about Clarinets / Re: What extra key is this?
« on: December 09, 2019, 06:03:13 AM »
A different bell will affect the pitch and response of the low E and the B though. This vent hole is only there to improve the response of the low G and the D. My Chinese G clarinet has this key and it does make a big difference in response when I cover the hole.

All about Clarinets / Re: What extra key is this?
« on: December 08, 2019, 05:45:51 PM »
It's a G/D vent hole. Basically it's connected to the F/C key and provides an extra open hole for low G and clarion D to provide better venting. Most newer professional bass clarinets (including the Ridenour and other Chinese models) have this, but it is very uncommon on soprano clarinets.

I purchased the one with the "Backun style" ringless bell and barrel. Even with the insane shipping it was still the cheapest option (and the best looking  ;D). I have a feeling the one with metal rings might be more crack resistant in the long run, however when one of my barrels cracked the seller was happy to send me two replacements.


Hope it's still okay to post eBay listings here:

I just noticed that Hakam Din, the Pakistani manufacturer of clarinets of.... questionable quality, is now also offering a wooden Boehm system G clarinets. One thing interesting to note is that the keys are clearly the same as the Chinese version minus a vent on the LH3 ring key, which doesn't do anything to begin with. It seems they are using metal keys sets from China for their instruments, although they appear to either be gold plated or lacquered. The body, however, is the same Indian rosewood used on their other products. It is certainly a pretty instrument, however given my experience with this manufacturer in the past (I have a barrel and bell set for G clarinet that was unusable due to fit and finish issues) I would pass on this instrument.

BTW, the wooden G clarinet Windy mentioned has proven to be a fantastic instrument. It is true that is was much better in tune that the hard rubber version I previously purchased, however I found that there were still quite a few areas that could be improved. After a lot of small adjustments the clarinet is now dead on across all registers with great response and tone. Everyone who I have let try the instrument has been very impressed with it, and it is quickly becoming one of my favorite clarinets to play. Definitely a lot more expensive than the hard rubber version but worth it IMHO.


Better to sell separately. Most people who can afford a set of pro clarinets can also afford a set of new clarinets and will be more likely to go with that option.

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