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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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