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    Etude Student Clarinet Model ECL-100 Etude Student Clarinet Model ECL-100
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    Allora Student Series Bb Clarinet Model AACL-336 Allora Student Series Bb Clarinet Model AACL-336
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    Buffet Crampon R13 Professional Bb Clarinet with Silver Plated Keys Buffet Crampon R13 Professional Bb Clarinet with Silver Plated Keys
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    Developed in 1955 by Robert Carr, the Buffet R13 Bb Clarinets (BC1131-2-0*) are the world's most popular...

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    Buffet Crampon R13 Professional Bb Clarinet with Nickel Plated Keys Buffet Crampon R13 Professional Bb Clarinet with Nickel Plated Keys
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    Suitable for symphony or chamber music, soloists, teachers, those in marching bands, and students. Rich and...

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    Buffet Crampon Premium Student Bb Clarinet Buffet Crampon Premium Student Bb Clarinet
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    Yamaha YCL-221 Student Bass Clarinet with Low Eb Yamaha YCL-221 Student Bass Clarinet with Low Eb
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    The YCL-221 has many features of the professional models but the ABS brushed resin body keep this horn very...

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    Buffet Crampon E12 France Intermediate Bb Clarinet Buffet Crampon E12 France Intermediate Bb Clarinet
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    Yamaha YCL-255 Standard Bb Clarinet Yamaha YCL-255 Standard Bb Clarinet
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    Yamaha YCL-450 Series Intermediate Clarinet Yamaha YCL-450 Series Intermediate Clarinet
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    Intermediate clarinet perfection

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    Bundy BCL-300 Clarinet Bundy BCL-300 Clarinet
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    Selmer 1430LP Bb Bass Clarinet Selmer 1430LP Bb Bass Clarinet
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    Featuring Selmer quality at a budget price, the 1430P Bass Clarinet is the ideal horn for the school music...

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    Selmer CL211 Intermediate Bb Clarinet Selmer CL211 Intermediate Bb Clarinet
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    The Selmer CL211 Intermediate Bb Clarinet features a smaller, tapered bore, undercut tone holes, and...

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    Buffet Crampon Divine Bb Professional Clarinet Buffet Crampon Divine Bb Professional Clarinet
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    Selmer Paris Model 67 Professional Low C Bass Clarinet Selmer Paris Model 67 Professional Low C Bass Clarinet
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    The new standard bearer for orchestral bass clarinets, the 67 has replaced the 37 and produces a big, focused...

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    Buffet Crampon R13 Professional A Clarinet with Nickel Keys Buffet Crampon R13 Professional A Clarinet with Nickel Keys
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    Developed in 1955 by Robert Carre, the Buffet R13 A Clarinets are the world's most popular professional A...

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    Prelude by Conn-Selmer CL711 Bb Student Clarinet Prelude by Conn-Selmer CL711 Bb Student Clarinet
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    Yamaha YCL-650 Bb Clarinet Yamaha YCL-650 Bb Clarinet
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    The Yamaha YCL-650 is a professional model clarinet that produces a consistent tone and precise intonation....

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    Buffet Crampon Moennig Clarinet Barrels Buffet Crampon Moennig Clarinet Barrels
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    Developed by Hans Moennig, the unique hourglass shaped bore allows for improved tonal focus and intonation. ...

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    Yamaha YCL-631 Professional Alto Clarinet Yamaha YCL-631 Professional Alto Clarinet
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    A delightful combination of comfort and responsiveness, the 631 alto clarinet possess all of the features that...

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    Amati Model 351 C Clarinet Amati Model 351 C Clarinet
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    The affordable C clarinet! Perfect for the school orchestral programs or the professional on a budget.

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Clarinet derives from the Italian word, “clarino” which means trumpet. This “little trumpet” derives from the chalumeau, a Baroque instrument similar to the recorder. In 1690, Johann Christoph Denner and his son Jacob added a register key to the chalumeau forming a new instrument with a 4 octave range instead of the chalumeau’s limited 1 ½ octaves. Denner’s clarinet is composed of three registers. The chalumeau is the bottom register responsible for the lower pitched notes. The second clarino register is brighter and serves as the dominant range for most clarinets. The upper altissimo range delivers the most piercing high notes.

In 1839. Hyacinthe Klosé and Auguste Buffet developed a keying system for the clarinet which improved the tone and also eased the jumps between registers. This method of keying is called the Boehm System after the developer of the primary keying system for the flute. Iwan Müller also contributed greatly to the advancement of the clarinet with his incorporation of pads for the keys made of leather or fish bladder. Prior to his invention, fabric covered the clarinet keys and permitted a lot of air to escape. Müller’s pads are airtight which increases the number of keys that can be played. While the Boehm System is the most popular keying system for the clarinet, the Müller system is also employed along with the Albert and Oehler systems.

Famous classical pieces for the clarinet include Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major which positions a solo clarinet against the entire orchestra. Another memorable piece is Claude Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsody for Clarinet & Piano which he used as a final test for his students at The Piano Conservatoire and features some of the most difficult clarinet passages and utilizes all ranges of the instrument. John Adams’ modern masterpiece, Gnarly Buttons, is a chamber piece composed in 1995 that also features the mandolin, banjo, and keyboard.

The clarinet is more closely associated with early jazz music from the turn of the century than post 1950s jazz. It was widely used in Dixieland music, also known as hott jazz, and then became a staple of Big Band and Swing music. Popular early jazz clarinetists include Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman – known as the King of Swing. The greatest living clarinetist is Buddy DeFranco who still produces albums and remembers the fondly the days when he used to play with Goodman and Shaw.

Choose your instrument from among soprano clarinets, bass clarinets, B flat clarinets, and E flat clarinets from time-honored bands like Buffet Crampon, Yamaha, LeBlanc, and Selmer. Find the instrument for your own professional performances, beginning instruction, or your school’s marching band choosing between clarinets made of African hardwoods or metal.

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