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Warm and dark.

Selmer Paris Recital Model Bb Clarinet
Clarinetists preferring a darker, warmer sound will prefer the Recital. A highly tapered bore combines with a thicker grenadilla wood body to deliver a lush clarinet tone. An optional resonance key for the Recital provides additional venting for a clearer low F. Known for their smooth, butter-like action, Selmer Paris clarinets are a delicious combination of dark, focused sound and playability. Their silver-plated keys deliver a professional appearance and a positive no-slip feel while the adjustable thumb rests make playing more comfortable. Your performance will be aided by blue steel needle springs that provide quick and light key action, included short and long barrels, and a Selmer Paris hard rubber mouthpiece.

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  • Level: Professional
    Key: Bb
    Body, Barrel, and Bell Material: Grenadilla
    Key Material: Silver-plate
    Key System: Boehm (French) / 17 keys
    Special Keys: Left-hand Eb lever
    Tone Holes: Undercut
    Bore Shape: Polycylindrical
    Bore Size: .565" (14.35mm)
    # of Barrels: 2
    Barrel Size: 64.5mm and 62.5mm
    Pads: Leather
    Springs: Blue steel
    Includes: case, Selmer Paris C85 105 mouthpiece, ligature, cap, and care products
    Crafted In: France

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"Selmer does it again... and again.... and AGAIN"

by Alex Fearer - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Classical, Concert band Colroado USA
46 people out of 46 found this review helpful

This is a wonderful instrument. The intonation is great, with the dark sound as advertised. The beautiful wood is VERY well worked, and the key work is absolutely stunning. The clarinet in itself shows excellent craftsmanship. I have found the tone of the Recital to be incomparable to the Buffet R13. Not only does the Recital have a darker tone, but the build quality is definitely something special. The wood is much thicker to that of any other clarinet I have played, thus giving a "fat" and warm sound. When in rehearsals, the conductor would repeatedly need to tell me to quiet down because it has such amazing and brilliant sound projection! I also found the instrument to be very easy blowing (note: I am playing on an A. Giggliotti P facing mouthpiece) and even the highest of notes were a piece of cake to reach. The clarinet also seems to never be sharp or flat, but even if it is, the longer and shorter barrels will fix that easily, though some could argue that this is a result of the player not the instrument. The key work, as stated above, is stunning. It isn't even the actual keys either, although they are quite nice. The way the response and "handling" so to speak is superb and simply the best I have ever had the pleasure of encountering, whether the instrument is, Buffet, LeBlanc, or other. The French blue steel springs really do the trick. So anyway, I could ramble about this instrument for a very long time, but in short, if you are a Selmer aficionado or not, this is in my opinion simply the best choice.

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"most unique clarinet ive ever played"

by Tyler Monroe - 4/20/2010 8:14:46 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
High School Student Classical, Orchestral, Some Jazz Hartford, CT
6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

i recently bought a selmer recital bb clarinet and the sound is amazing. i compared it to 3 buffet r13s and chose the selmer because of its deep, dark, compact sound. the intonation is also very good. my only complaint is that it is very heavy but it is built like a tank, so its a fair compromise. i am proud to say i play a selmer even in a section full of buffets and will always reccomend the recital to those needing a pro clarinet.

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"Excellent but not great instrument"

by Henry - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Dedicated Amateur (40 years) classical/ bop Minnesota
3 people out of 17 found this review helpful

An even scale with a dark but less full than I would have thought tone. The horn blew easily and produced well throughout the range but lacked, for me, that special resonance of sound I had expected in it. Tried with old Morgan/ VD 3 and then with VD 5RV with VD 3. Others may have different results and its certainly worth a try. Beautifully crafted in most regards though the gold leaf on the barrel lettering/logo had been sloppily applied and gotten into a broad area of the wood grain. No effect on sound but irritating in an instrument in this range. Nice case but the second barrel came packed in the bell since there is no where else it can be stuffed- again no effect on the sound but irritating.

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"Very comfortable and powerful"

by Gabe Ferreira - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
all through highschool and some pro classical gigs classical, 20th century, romantic WA
1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

This is a clarinet that will project easily if you know how to center your sound, since the bore is smaller than average you will have to work less to focus your tone. The first thing I noticed when I bought this horn was its body design, it is about twice as thick in terms of volume, the body is very similar to the signature model but just thicker, you have more to hold onto. The key work is way beyond anything I've experienced and is more comfortable than the R13 keyword by quite a bit. The clarinet allows being flexible and subtle at low dynamic levels, but will also sing at f and ff dynamic levels. Just be aware and get used to the feel of the instrument, it is very different if you are coming from a Buffet clarinet. It would be good to have both the A and Bb recital clarinet if you need to switch often because it may be an uncomfortable switch if you have two different brands of clarinets. That is my only issue.

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"A Marvelous Instrument"

by Ralph - 3/30/2009 2:31:17 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Serious hobbyist Community band, classical, church Atlanta, Georgia
6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

When I embarked on my quest for a new instrument, I tried everything I could get my hands on. This included the Leblanc line, the Buffet line, the Yamaha line and of course the Selmer line. At the end of the process the winner was the Recital. Even my instructor, a long time R-13 afficianado, admitted that the Recital had the qualities he looked for and complimented my choice. He specifically mentioned the Recital's abiility to project and of course the tone/sound (very warm/dark). Yes, the Recital is a bit heavier than a standard instrument, but I got used to it very quickly and I play the instrument without a neck strap. It's a great instrument and I love to play it !!

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