instrument replicas are available covering the history of the clarinet
from its invention to the turn of the 20th century. They are based
on exhaustive examination and measurement of specific instruments in museums
and private collections, and are built with a commitment to both authenticity
and performing quality. The instruments described on the following
pages are some representative designs.
Body material is normally boxwood. Pearwood is a practical, historically authentic and slightly lower-cost option, especially for student and amateur use.
(Exploration is being carried out towards offering a Classical clarinet with a synthetic body, which would be ideal for music schools; please check back for further developments.)
Keys on earlier (pre ca. 1850) instruments are brass, on later instruments nickel silver. Where applicable, realistic synthetic ivory is used for socket rings.
Mouthpieces of the correct types (usually resin castings) are supplied with all instruments.
Pitch standards are normally A415 for Baroque clarinets, A430 for Classical instruments and A440 for Romantic models (based on convenient simplification of the real historical situation!), though any pitch can be specified.
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