Best Gifts for Clarinet Players
Is there a clarinet player on your gift shopping list? If so, you’re in luck – there are many terrific options in a wide range of prices and the recipient will be delighted by your thoughtfulness. As you begin browsing for ideas, it will be helpful to know the brand of clarinet the musician plays. Also keep in mind the age and skill level of the player.
Good for Stocking Stuffers or Inexpensive Gifts
Clarinet players need to have a fresh supply of reeds on hand at all times. If possible, find out what brand the musician prefers, but all the reeds listed below are excellent choices. A humidity controlled reed case would be a good addition to your gift of reeds. Other accessories to consider that make great gifts for clarinet players are mouthpiece caps (these are often lost or misplaced), cork grease, thumb cushions, and silk swabs for keeping the instrument gleaming. A neck strap will reduce pressure on the arm and hand from hours of playing and a clarinet peg is a neat gadget that holds the instrument when the musician needs to take a break.
Popular Clarinet Reeds
Vandoren Traditional Bb Clarinet Reeds - these reeds, also known as “blue box reeds,” are the most widely played reeds in the world.
D’Addario Woodwinds Reserve Evolution Bb Clarinet Reeds - great for the experienced player.
Legere Signature Series Bb Clarinet Reeds - professional grade reeds that are made to exacting specifications. Sold individually.
Rico Royal Bb Clarinet Reeds - high quality, yet affordable, reeds that are favored by clarinet players of all levels.
Must Have Accessories for the Clarinetist
Metronomes and chromatic tuners are essential for any clarinet player. There are a number of products that combine both devices into one tool which is very convenient for the musician. Or, perhaps your clarinet player would enjoy an upgraded case. Prices run the gamut, but many excellent cases are available for under $100. The age of the musician and lifestyle (for example, will the case take a lot of abuse or do they travel frequently?) should be considered when selecting a case.
Protec ProPak Carry-All Clarinet Case This versatile case protects the clarinet and has loads of extra space for music and accessories. Good for everyday use and travel.
Allora Clarinet Case – this is a good quality, affordable clarinet case with durable outer cover.
Gator GL Series Clarinet Case – a durable clarinet case with lots of features like plush interior lining, reinforced handles and a no-slip shoulder pad.
The mouthpiece that comes with many clarinets is not necessarily the mouthpiece a player will want to play on. A carefully selected mouthpiece would be a truly wonderful gift for the musician. A variety of excellent quality mouthpieces can be purchased for under $125. Unless you are a clarinet player yourself, making the correct selection will require input from a music specialist.
Vandoren Series M13 Lyre Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece Known for high quality and consistency, this Vandoren mouthpiece is a solid choice.
Vandoren M15 Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece Enables good blowing strength with strong reeds. This is another good mouthpiece from the Vandoren collection.
D’Addario Woodwinds Reserve Evolution Clarinet Marble Mouthpiece This excellent mouthpiece provides warm, refined tones and plays well for a wide variety of musical styles.
D’Addario Woodwinds Reserve Evolution Mouthpiece D’Addario combines modern technology with craftsmanship to produce outstanding mouthpieces.
Clarinet Gifts Just for Fun
If you prefer to choose something other than specific accessories for the clarinet, consider some novelty, clarinet-themed gifts. There are so many clever ideas such as cufflinks, ties, earrings, or a clarinet themed T-shirt. You also can’t go wrong with some new sheet music for clarinet, perhaps combining a method book for practice and some fun, crowd pleasing music.
Shopping for Clarinet and Clarinet Accessories at Woodwind & Brasswind
Woodwind & Brasswind carries a huge assortment of clarinets and woodwind accessories from the best manufacturers on the market. If you need help selecting the best gift for the clarinet player in your life, call our music experts at 800.348.5003.