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Review of the Jupiter JCL-631-II
« on: September 10, 2012, 10:14:50 AM »
REVIEW. Jupiter 631-II  Bb Student Clarinet.
    This is one of a number of good quality modern plastic student Clarinets that are being made these days. The one that I have (serial # K89616) I purchased in 2011 from the local music shop where I teach. It was ready to play straight out of the case , no adjustments required. The case it comes in is remarkable in that I don\'t think they can come any smaller.  It\'s a wonder that a Bb Clarinet could fit in it. There\'s hardly room for anything else.
 
   This is a plastic (ABS Resin) Clarinet with a semi- matte finish and nickle plated keys. It\'s a  standard 6 ring / 17 key  instrument . It comes with the usual molded plastic mouthpiece and one 65mm barrel. The key work (nickle silver) is quite solid and well sculpted. It is claimed to be ergonomic The needle springs are blue steel and the pads are the usual double skin type.  It has a heavy duty crow\'s foot for the right-hand keys, an important feature. There is a recess in the body of the instrument under the \'crows\' foot that is suppose to eliminate accidental bending of this part of the mechanism. It also has an interesting detail in that the linkage has a nicely made tiny ramp both sides of it which means that you can actually twist on both sections without depressing the second ring of the top joint. No more torn off adjustment corks.
 
   This Clarinet has a very well made adjusable thumb rest . The set screw clamps down on a rod that also has a ring for a neck strap if needed. This Clarinet weighs in at 726g.( minus reed and ligature) The thumb rest itself is oriented towards the hand , a nice feature.
 
   The tone of this Clarinet is the usual plastic tone, light and bright with average projection.  It has the usual 15mm bore. It is suppose to have undercut tone holes but it\'s difficult to see if this is so . The tone can be darkened and the projection  improved  somewhat by matching it up with a quality mouthpiece and barrel. I use a Vandoran B40 Lyra and a fat Tom Ridenour barrel with  good results.

   The intonation is quite good for a mass produced plastic instrument , but it\'s  the usual \'set\' intonation with not all that much flexibility using the mouthpiece that comes with it. It is tuned to A440. My method of testing for good intonation is to play along with a CD orchestral backing. I use the \'Guestspot\' series. There is no problem playing in tune with this Clarinet , obviously the quality of this brand has improved considerably.
 
   This is a nice \'safe\' instrument for a learner to start on and it is to be had at a good price ($AUS595) ($US517)  It is well made and sturdy.  It also makes a good \'knock-about\' instrument for those outdoor playouts where you don\'t know what the weather is going to do. I have added it to my small collection of quality \'knock-abouts
« Last Edit: September 10, 2012, 11:16:49 AM by Skyfacer »
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RE: Review of the Jupiter JCL-631-II
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2012, 02:51:12 PM »
Wow! This is really useful, Barry! I want to quote this on the other clarinetpages.net site.
Thanks so much!

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RE: Review of the Jupiter JCL-631-II
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2012, 04:22:19 PM »
Quote from: \'philpedler\' pid=\'37\' dateline=\'1347313872\'

Wow! This is really useful, Barry! I want to quote this on the other clarinetpages.net site.
Thanks so much!

Yes, by all means Phil, and likewise for the Schreiber 6010s if you wish.
Also , how do I get images of these Clarinets into this site , I\'ve forgotten
how I did it last time.
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RE: Review of the Jupiter JCL-631-II
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2014, 05:24:33 PM »
RobertRene has been permanently banned.
Playing a clarinet badly is better than not playing a clarinet at all.

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RE: Review of the Jupiter JCL-631-II
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2014, 09:42:53 PM »
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RobertRene has been permanently banned.

What\'s that all about ?
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RE: Review of the Jupiter JCL-631-II
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2014, 12:15:04 AM »
Barry, here\'s what you gotta do.

1. Log into CP as Administrator.
2. Click on \"Edit Page\" on top right
3. Click on \"Insert\" on top left
4. Click on \"Image\"
5. Find your image and you should be all set!
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RE: Review of the Jupiter JCL-631-II
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2014, 11:51:36 AM »
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Quote from: \'gkern\' pid=\'2946\' dateline=\'1402187073\'

RobertRene has been permanently banned.

What\'s that all about ?


Barry - the guy had a super long post up, was a commercial about some crap similar to viagara or something like that, nothing to do with clarinets or any musical instrument.  Just the worst kind of spam.
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RE: Review of the Jupiter JCL-631-II
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2014, 04:13:12 PM »
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Quote from: \'Barry Vincent\' pid=\'2947\' dateline=\'1402202573\'

Quote from: \'gkern\' pid=\'2946\' dateline=\'1402187073\'

RobertRene has been permanently banned.

What\'s that all about ?


Barry - the guy had a super long post up, was a commercial about some crap similar to viagara or something like that, nothing to do with clarinets or any musical instrument.  Just the worst kind of spam.

Good on ya Gkern, yes, give em da big \'heave ho\'
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RE: Review of the Jupiter JCL-631-II
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2014, 01:33:07 PM »
I think the Jupiter JCL-631-II to be much better than most in this price range, I would say it hard to find any diffrence from the yamaha. I also like the David Hite premire mouthpiece with this clarinet. one i do like!
« Last Edit: July 02, 2014, 09:59:50 AM by bill_reed »

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RE: Review of the Jupiter JCL-631-II
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2014, 07:38:08 PM »
I had a Jupiter once that was marked SCL-631 instead of JCL-631.
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RE: Review of the Jupiter JCL-631-II
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2015, 03:44:56 PM »
I rencenty purchased a Jupiter JCL-737. And right out of it\'s bocks it had problems. I took it too a trustruthy repair place. I mean it was brand new! Turned out the and right an left cluster keys were binding.  I got it back last Thursday, and have anxiety  that it might have another/same problem.  It was an ordeal--long story but the people helped me were so wonderful!  Just wondering if any one purchased a clarinet right out of the box which need repair?   Thanks!
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RE: Review of the Jupiter JCL-631-II
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2015, 06:49:56 PM »
I think anything with keywork should go to a woodwind tech for regulation and a good \"once over\" - be it a Selmer Paris sax or an Asian clarinet. Keys can and will get bent during shipment and one little leak of a pad can make the horn unplayable.

The JCL-737 is a very good clarinet - don\'t give up on it. Sounds like you found someone good to trust your instrument with.
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