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Ever since Johann Christoph Denner added a register key to the chalumeau and invented the clarinet, this instrument’s warm and velvety sound has become an essential component to symphonies, a nuance to jazz music, and an esteemed solo instrument. The clarinet has inspired numerous composers to invent copious amounts of music for this admired woodwind. Whether you are set to perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Clarnet Concerto,” Johannes Brahms’ “Sonata in E Flat Major for Clarinet and Piano,” or George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” the Woodwind and Brasswind offers a wide selection of professional clarinets designed to rise to the challenge of any composition.
The clarinet has long been one of the most popular student instruments. This woodwind is often a young person’s first introduction to the orchestra or the school band. For those that persist in their musical training, exceptional professional clarinets can enrich and deepen the player’s tone in remarkable ways. The Woodwind and Brasswind provides elite instruments from Buffet Crampon, Yamaha, Leblanc, Patricola, Amati, and Allora.
Denis Buffet-Auger first opened his Paris workshop in 1825 and introduced his 13-key clarinet. His successful craftsmanship began a great lineage of finely constructed clarinets. His son, Jean-Louis Buffet married Zoé Crampon and officially gave birth to the Buffet Crampon line of instruments. The brand worked closely with the virtuosic clarinetist Hyacinthe Klosé to design an instrument to be envied by any professional clarinet player. Their design was also inspired by the advancements that Theobald Boehm had lent to the flute. These adaptations like movable rigs, which increased the instrument’s response and playability, resulted in a clarinet high in demand. In keeping with the tradition of combining the manufacturer’s technology with the musician’s input, Buffet Crampon consulted with expert musicians like Michael Arrignon, Romain Guyot, and Paul Meyer when developing their exceptionally popular 2003 Tosca clarinet.
Patricola is a remarkable Italian instrument maker known for beautiful clarinets like the Patricola CL4 Bb Clarinet from its Virtuoso Series. This family of instrument makers began with three brothers in 1976. They pride themselves on constructing all components of an instrument and using finely aged wood to develop their richly toned clarinets. The warm and resonant new Leblanc clarinets were designed by Morrie Backun. These articulate professional clarinets include components like the specially crafted Backun bells which result in a highly responsive instrument. For advancing clarinet players looking for their first professional clarinet, the Allora Paris Series Professional Bb Clarinet Model AACL-913 provides advanced features at an accessible price. This beautiful instrument is designed to meet the needs of a professional but is affordable for the advanced student or hobbyist.
From affordable priced professional Bb clarinets to the some of the most elite instruments available, the Woodwind and Brasswind has clarinets designed to meet the needs of the professional musician. Choose among the best professional clarinets to find the instrument best for you and lend the warm, full voice of your new clarinet to your favorite compositions.