with old buddies at the Solar Pioneer Party
Willits, CA 2017
Windy's Music Page
I've been a passionate musician all my life. I play WIND instruments, naturally! Being a technical kind of guy, I also make, repair and improve instruments. I've played flute since I was 20. I recently discovered the beauty of the clarinet.
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BLACK • HOLE Clarinets
There is a niche market for clarinets in the key of C (rather than the normal Bb). They allow the musician to read and think in standard concert key, like most instruments. They also blend naturally with stringed instruments, like I'm doing in the photo. I found a unique way to offer these instruments for sale.
These C clarinets are from China, reborn in my New Mexico workshop. I was happy playing the renowned Ridenour C clarinet. But I bought one of these out of curiosity, and I was amazed ... it's a BETTER instrument! HOWEVER, there are defects and mis-tunings that beg for attention. I spend about 6 hours refining each instrument to a professional standard of performance.
For half the price of the Ridenour C, you get a horn that is more in tune, with better keywork, and a better fit to large hands. The tone is exquisite! Enjoy the musical liberation of playing a C instrument!
PRICE: $650 Warranty is 1 year / trial period 14 days. Specify if player has Small or XL hands.
The image below shows a typical work log that I keep on each instrument. A pitch graph shows the original mis-tunings. As I correct them, I also smooth out the response of each note, and the feel of the keys.
C clarinets come in REALLY handy for playing in church, playing flute parts in a pit orchestra, playing in a klezmer group or polka band. Now you can get a great playing one for a reasonable price! … Bottom line: Look what a wonderful instrument you can get for a bargain price!
–– Phil Pedler, Clarinetpages.net: Reviews, Chinese hard rubber clarinets.
Thanks Phil, for reviewing before and after my Fine-Tuning.
“Your results with the clarinet are very solid. … I (with my Vandoren B48 dot 88 mouthpiece and Vandoren 2.5 reed) stay squarely in tune through most of the horn …. so I look to use your C when Beethoven (or Dvorak or Prokofiev or the others) and I next meet. Thank you very much for your work! I readily recommend it to others reading this note.
–– Mark M., Connecticut, eBay buyer