The following items are the first installments in a range of products that may be helpful to clarinettists and other wind players. More will be added later.
Some items may be ordered online using the links provided; for others, please email.
When ordering multiple items, please email to obtain the total price, to avoid excess shipping charges.
Dealer enquiries about these products are welcomed; click here for further information.
Clarinet support brace
Used in conjuction with a neckstrap or chest harness, this removes all weight and support duties from the right hand. It can be very effective in preventing or alleviating strain in the hand and wrist. It is also helpful when playing basset clarinets or basset horns on which keys are operated by the right thumb. It works equally well when playing either sitting or standing.
The brace, which is adjustable in length (custom lengths can be specified), carries a pad which rests on the player's abdomen. It is attached by a screw thread onto a mount which is installed on the lower joint of the clarinet, above the thumbrest. Initial installation requires a few minutes' work by a repair technician; mounting or dismounting the brace takes a few seconds.
No adverse effect has been observed on breathing or breath support; the player soon becomes unaware of the brace's presence.
When using a pair of clarinets,
each instrument needs its own mounting ring. The player has the choice
of (1) using the same brace (which must be removed and reattached when
switching instruments), (2) purchasing two complete brace/mount assemblies,
or (3) using a single main section (carrying the abdomen pad) with separate
rod sections, which in a playing session would each stay attached to its
Neckstrap extension rod (thumbrest mount)
This simple device addresses an annoying problem that many players encounter when attaching a neckstrap directly to the thumbrest, namely the interference between the strap and the left thumb resulting from the strap lying too close to the clarinet. The rod, which holds the strap away from the clarinet sufficiently to prevent unwanted contact, is screwed into the supplied thumbrest which has an integral mounting socket. It is interchangable with the stock thumbrests on most clarinets; on certain models, it may be necessary to drill new mounting holes. The thumbrest can be either silver or nickel plated; please specify when ordering.
price: Can. $25
Neckstrap extension rod (ring mount)
As an alternative to the above, the extension rod is also offered along with a ring mount which is attached over the middle joint ring of the clarinet.
price: Can. $20
R1 C#/G# touchpiece
This auxiliary right hand first finger touchpiece for the C#/G# key makes trills on low C#, upper G# and top F much more convenient. Though designed for Bb or A clarinets, it can easily be shortened for use on C and Eb clarinets. (The revised clamp mechanism is now available, at long last!)
It is available either plated
(silver plating is normal, but other finishes are available on request)
or polished but unplated. It can also be supplied as a polished but
unplated casting (without the clamp or screw), which needs to be semi-permanently
installed, by a screw or soft solder, by a repair technician.
To order online, click here
L1 "bis" touchpiece
Similar in principle to the
bis key on saxophones, this auxiliary touchpiece allows the left hand first
finger to hold down the L2 ring key, making low C-Eb and upper G-Bb tremolos
possible. The position is adjustable to suit the player's hand.
Installation requires a couple of minutes and a screwdriver. It is
available either plated (silver plating is normal, but other finishes are
available on request) or polished but unplated.
To order online, click here
Bass clarinet standing peg
peg allows a bass clarinet (either low Eb or C model) to be played while
standing. The length is custom fitted to the individual player.
The shaft is made of stainless steel, for maximum strength and rigidity.
The normal shank diameter (7.0mm) fits the peg holders on most Selmer and
Buffet bass clarinets, but other diameters can be ordered. It can
be supplied with either a conventional rubber tip or a Wolf Super Endpin
ball-type bumper (as pictured).
When ordering, please specify minimum length (the distance from the ground up to the bottom of the peg holder sleeve, with the player standing and holding the instrument in the normal playing position).
Please note that the diameter of the shank for a particular instrument must be specified accurately (if in doubt, the existing peg should be measured with electronic calipers), or the peg will not fit correctly.
Bass clarinet belly stick
For those who prefer to use
a neckstrap for playing bass clarinet while standing, a belly stick assists
in stabilising the instrument. This version has an adjustable length
shaft, with a padded belly rest. The mount is either a replacement
for the adjustable thumbrest hook on recent model Buffet bass clarinets
(as pictured), or a complete assembly incorporating a replacement thumbrest,
belly stick mount and strap loop.
German-French bass clarinet mouthpiece-neck adaptor
This allows a German mouthpiece (which is much smaller than the French type) to be used on a conventional French style bass clarinet. It produces a much more focussed, compact sound, with no detriment to intonation. It's not quite the same as a real German bass clarinet, but it's partway there, and a lot less expensive!
German bass clarinet mouthpieces
can be ordered from makers such as Ed
Pillinger, through Zinner dealers, and from various companies in Germany.
EEb contra clarinet mouthpiece-neck adaptor
This allows a Selmer or Bundy
style EEb contrabass ("contra-alto", if you prefer) clarinet to use a (French)
bass clarinet mouthpiece (as the Buffet EEb contra is designed to do).
It produces a slightly smaller but very controllable sound compared with
the standard mouthpiece, with no detriment to intonation. Especially
useful for players who don't play the contra very often, it eliminates
the necessity of buying an expensive mouthpiece and dealing with yet another
type of reeds.
Soprano sax support brace
Used in conjuction with a neckstrap, this removes all weight and support duties from the right hand. It can be very effective in preventing or alleviating strain in the hand and wrist. It works equally well when playing either sitting or standing.
The brace, which is adjustable in length (the range must be specified when ordering), carries a pad which rests on the player's abdomen. It is attached by a screw thread onto a pivoting mount which replaces the original teardrop section of a Selmer or Yamaha style adjustable thumbrest (please specify which when ordering). Initial installation requires a couple of minutes' work and no special tools; mounting or dismounting the brace takes a few seconds.
No adverse effect has been
observed on breathing or breath support; the player soon becomes unaware
of the brace's presence.
S. Fox EC1 soprano sax mouthpiece
The result of a serendipitous experiment, this is adapted from an Eb clarinet mouthpiece blank. The dimensions of the tone chamber result in a dark tone - virtually simulating that of a tarogato - and excellent intonation. In addition, the small windway and reed (it's intended to use Eb clarinet reeds) contribute to superior control of tone and articulation.
Copies are now being produced by Ed Pillinger.
price: (under review)
This is the response to those who say "don't buy a saxello-type soprano because you can't use a peg stand". It holds the instrument securely but ready for instant use. A short, padded peg holds the bell end while a padded cradle secures the neck/mouthpiece end. Construction from square aluminum tubing with a wood core results in high strength and light weight, and it is easily disassembled for portability. The current design is specifically for the Rampone saxello, but it could be adapted to other makes, given sufficient dimensional information.
price: Can. $185