Author Topic: Why don't clarinets come standard with low-Eb?  (Read 24 times)

Offline DaveLeBlanc

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Why don't clarinets come standard with low-Eb?
« on: September 15, 2019, 08:19:32 PM »

It just involves one extra key and like 2 more inches of material. So why is a low-Eb soprano clarinet like $500 more expensive?

For that matter, why are some alto and bass (and even contra alto!) clarinets NOT extended to low Eb?
I have personally played on larger clarinets with no Eb.
V. Kohlert wood alto
Conn hard rubber bass
Selmer Paris rosewood contra alto

Why in the world would they even make a larger clarinet without the extension?
David Watson of the original The Clarinet Pages