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Offline DaveLeBlanc

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Ultimate Clarinet Buying Guide (INPUT NEEDED)
« on: November 12, 2019, 07:19:47 PM »
I also wanted to make a Ultimate Clarinet Buying Guide for clarinets of all materials and and all budgets.

Hard Rubber:
Budget Range -
Mid Range - Kenny Woodwinds (modern) - $360
High Range - Ridenour Lyrique 576 (modern) - $960

Plastic:
Budget Range - Vito Reso-Tone 3 (semi-vintage) - $50-$100
Mid Range - Buffet B12 (modern) - ~$200
High Range -

Wood:
Budget Range - Normandy 5, 7, 8, 10 - $300
Mid Range - Selmer Centered Tone (vintage) - $800
High Range - Buffet R13 (vintage through modern) - $1200-$1500

Metal:
Budget Range -
Mid Range -
High Range - Selmer Paris (vintage) - $800
« Last Edit: November 14, 2019, 04:19:18 PM by DaveLeBlanc »
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Re: Ultimate Clarinet Buying Guide (INPUT NEEDED)
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2019, 06:50:22 PM »
Quite the undertaking Dave. I wouldn't even know where to start. Don't forget the Evette & Schaeffer Master Models for the Mid Range wood category.

oh, and maybe just skip the Budget Range metal ones!    ::)
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Re: Ultimate Clarinet Buying Guide (INPUT NEEDED)
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2019, 11:36:08 PM »
I'm working off of the ones that I have personally come into contact with. I've handled a LOT but not so much as the hive mind can muster!

Good point on the budget metal. I don't think there's any such thing as a true "budget" metal clarinet, except for the occasional steal.
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Re: Ultimate Clarinet Buying Guide (INPUT NEEDED)
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2019, 03:48:20 AM »
Isn't the Ridenour ebonite rather than plastic?

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Re: Ultimate Clarinet Buying Guide (INPUT NEEDED)
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2019, 07:16:11 AM »
Isn't the Ridenour ebonite rather than plastic?

You're correct Dibbs.

this is from Toms website .......

Materials: the Ebonite Advantage

The body of the Lyrique is made from pure, natural, unalloyed hard rubber (a.k.a. ebonite). We believe ebonite is superior to wood for clarinet making in almost every respect.  Ebonite brings many positive qualities to the Lyrique’s acoustical formula that constitute a real improvement over wood. These include increased tonal warmth, tonal purity, resonance, evenness of response, tonal fullness, and amazing stability of upper register tones.

 

The use of ebonite also results in much greater consistency in production as well as providing bore dimensions that remain stable in a wide range of seasonal, temperature and humidity conditions. In addition, the ebonite construction provides the performer with a clarinet that is virtually worry free. The pure, natural hard rubber of the Lyrique body will not warp or crack. Though it is made from all natural materials its' construction does not require the sacrifice of the life of a slow growing, endangered tree. (For more detailed information about the positive features of hard rubber please see Tom's article, The Grenadilla Myth. ( http://www.ridenourclarinetproducts.com/the-grenadilla-myth.html )
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Re: Ultimate Clarinet Buying Guide (INPUT NEEDED)
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2019, 04:17:05 PM »
Good point, I stand corrected!
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Re: Ultimate Clarinet Buying Guide (INPUT NEEDED)
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2019, 04:19:43 PM »
I added the Kenny Woodwinds HR in the HR mid-range.

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Re: Ultimate Clarinet Buying Guide (INPUT NEEDED)
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2019, 03:31:24 PM »
Crikey there are so many brands. Mine is in the budget end, the brand is Windsor, they cost about £100 yet are surprisingly good quality.
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