Although the prediction that metal clarinets would become de rigueur proved to be false, this is an interesting read. Note, it was written in The Melody Maker in the late 1920’s by a well-known clarinet player, Ralph Dunbar.
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This is fun article. I would say that the success of a particular metal clarinet would depend more on a proper design. At one point, all the major clarinet makers experimented with the design of metal clarinets. There were ones made of sterling silver. Also double wall designs. I had a lovely pair of Bb and A – Bettony clarinets that played very well. I used to loan them to schools that needed better instruments.
I love my Selmer Paris silver clarinet but the ergonomics aren’t as nice as my R12 Buffet Festival.
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