Purchasing a brand new clarinet, whether it’s your first or fifteenth, is a big decision. Known for its smooth timbre, The Bb clarinet is the most popular type of clarinet and is the most common choice for beginners and students. Also known as a soprano clarinet, the Bb clarinet is used in all kinds of music--from classical to swing--and is especially popular in marching bands and the jazz genre.
As with other instruments, the material your Bb clarinet is manufactured from affects the way it sounds. Although Bb clarinets made from resin or plastic won’t sound as clean or polished as professional Grenadilla clarinets, they’re super durable and are typically the better choice for beginners or especially young clarinetists.
Another feature to consider when browsing for your next Bb clarinet is the key materials. Nickel-plated keys are durable, shiny, and won’t tarnish as quickly, while silver-plated clarinet keys produce a darker tone and require more maintenance. Regardless of the type of clarinet you select, knowing how to break in and maintain your clarinet is key.
A new Bb clarinet is a great investment in your future as a musician. With its unique history and distinct sound, the Bb clarinet is sure to stand out in any ensemble. With Bb clarinets from some of the most respected brands in the industry, including Buffet, Yamaha, and Allora, you don’t need to look any further than Music & Arts’ Bb clarinet offerings to find your next Bb clarinet.
While you’re at it, be sure to stock up on the essential clarinet accessories, including a box of reeds, a sturdy case, and plenty of cleaning supplies!