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Amati Model 351 C ClarinetIdeal for school orchestra program or the church musician, the Amati C clarinet is a great sounding and affordable instrument. Made with hand-selected grenadilla wood and comfortable key work. Each instrument is fully serviced and play tested before shipping. Amati is a Czech company that manufactures fine European high-quality woodwind and brass musical instruments (both piston and rotary valves). Amati has a highly skilled work force with a strong tradition in instrument manufacturing that dates to the 18th century, as well as the modern technology needed to manufacture band instruments and remain competitive on the world stage.
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I have had mine for two years now. I play on it with my new Pyne ~M mouthpiece and recently had a barrel custom made for it by Wes Rice. The horn is awesome. I have played "Russian Easter" with it as well as several Mozart arias all with ease and people have commented on the appropriate tone quality particularly for the Mozart arias. The custom barrel has made the extreme high register so much easier to play and even better in tune.(it was pretty good before the barrel!) The custom barrel I am using is 1mm longer than the stock and is a composite material.
Occasionally, I need to perform music written for a "C" clarinet in Church, orchestral, and chamber group settings. I have never been very confident at sight transposition and consequently always write out the transposed part for performance. This exercise gets old quickly. I was looking for an inexpensive instrument that plays well and in tune. I am amazed how well the Amati "C" clarinet performs. The adjustable thumb rest is an unexpected benefit. I have had several individuals that play with me comment that they cannot tell the difference from when I am playing the Amati "C" clarinet or the Buffet R-13 B flat clarinet. Overall, I am very satisfied with the value and playing pleasure this instrument affords me.
I first learned about the C Clarinet in the Cambridge Companion to the Clarinet, ed. Colin Lawson. All clarinet players should have a copy. I then found an old Holton C Clarinet which was indeed strange and difficult to play with cramped key work. So I was very gratified to find that the Amati C plays easily, has comfortable key work, although it has more of the early "clarino" timbre, and is very responsive. Mine is in very good tune. Throat tones are accurate, no need for right hand down. Tone is sweeter and lends itself to more emotion, with an especially effective p-ppp range, ideal for chamber music. It is too bad that the C Clarinet does not have more contemporary literature. I am using it when writing my own charts, and I note that others are using it to cover oboe parts. It would certainly be easier for a youngster to play than the Bb, both in terms of air stream and fingering, but alas, it doesn't fit very well in the school band. Just remember, it does not sound like a Bb in the Key of C-- it is an entirely different instrument with a sound all its own.
I purchased my "C" Amati clarinet because my private instructor's "C" plays so well. The Amati came carefully wrapped, corked and felt wedged around & under most keys. Keys have excellent nickel/silver plating, feels and looks like sterling silver. It has very quiet action; pads are in good condition but a little thicker in the lower joint. It comes with an adjustable thumb rest. This is an all wood clarinet. The only adjustment needed is the LH C#/G# key. I play on a BPO2, but the horn came with an Amati 6 mouthpiece. The 6 plays quite evenly in all register and has an excellent response. Great intonation, even D3, E4, F4 & G4. This clarinet may be pitched at A442, which is fine, church organs and strings tent to be sharp anyway.
Une clarinette d'Ttude assez soignTe.
(A quite well-made student clarinet.)
Les mTcaniques sont trFs souples.
(The key movement), is very flexible / supple.)
Les ressorts sont en acier bleu, les tampons sont de type classique, le clTtage argentT.
(The springs are in blue steel, the pads are of the classical type, the keys are nickel-silver.)
Le son est trFs agrTable dans les registres grave a aigue mais en sur aigue, a partir du do, les notes sont un peu basses, il vous faudra un bec adaptT et une anche pas trop faible.
(The sound is very agreeable in the low to high registers, but concerning the high registers, starting with C, the notes are a little flat, you will need to adapt your embouchure, and use a stronger reed.)
Ne pas a avoir a transposer, puisqu'en tonalitT de Do, a vue est un vrai plaisir, je vous l'assure.
(Not having to transpose, since it is pitched in C, makes it a true pleasure, that I assure you.)
Le fait que la clarinette soit plus petite apporte un confort de jeu notable.
(The fact that the clarinet is smaller gives it a notable ease and comfort of playing.)
Pour rTsumer c'est un trFs bon instrument pour un dTbutant ou amateur.
(To sum up, it is a very good instrument for a beginner or an amateur.)
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