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 Paquito D'rivera's new instrument
Author: bkmorton 
Date:   2006-02-25 12:07

I heard that Paquito has a new instrument that is basically a clarinet with saxophone keys. Does anyone know who the maker is? What is looks like? What it is actually called?


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 Re: Paquito D'rivera's new instrument
Author: tictactux 2017
Date:   2006-02-25 12:33

> clarinet with saxophone keys
You mean plateau keys? As eg the Vito 7214P has?


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 Re: Paquito D'rivera's new instrument
Author: jbutler 2017
Date:   2006-02-25 14:16

soprano sax?

Post Edited (2006-02-25 14:33)

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 Re: Paquito D'rivera's new instrument
Author: William 
Date:   2006-02-25 14:29

For the few of you that may not already know, Paquito D"Rivera is also an amazing saxophonist. Check out his "Havana Cafe" CD.

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 Re: Paquito D'rivera's new instrument
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2006-02-25 14:45

I've seen him pictured on one of his CDs with a black lacquered Yamaha Custom alto sax, though the photo is reversed.

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 Re: Paquito D'rivera's new instrument
Author: bkmorton 
Date:   2006-02-25 16:28

A colleague of mine went to the concert he had at Marshal University and he said that Paquito was taling about his new instrument that was wood but had saxophone system of keys. I didn't actually see it so I wanted to get more information about it.

I stil can't get over how wonderful his concert was when I saw him at the University of Maryland Clarinet Fest a couple years ago. He is incredible at clarinet and sax.

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 Re: Paquito D'rivera's new instrument
Author: Ben 
Date:   2006-02-25 16:41

Maybe your friend was confused? Last few times I saw Paquito perform in person, he was always using one of Luis Rossi's clarinets. Since these are custom instruments, and look a little different than Buffet/Selmer, etc., maybe that explains the confusion?

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 Re: Paquito D'rivera's new instrument
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2006-02-25 16:54

I was going to say he's also pictured on the same album with a rosewood Rossi, also reversed in the photo.

I just looked on his site and found this picture:

Is it a Reform Boehm? Or just a different arrangement of the LH forked Eb mechanism?

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 Re: Paquito D'rivera's new instrument
Author: John25 
Date:   2006-02-25 18:02

It's not a Reform-Boehm. I think it's just a full Boehm without the low Eb, in other words a normal Boehm with three extra keys - fork Bb, articulated G# and LH Eb key.

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 Re: Paquito D'rivera's new instrument
Author: David Peacham 
Date:   2006-02-25 18:06

Chris P - it isn't the same as the "German bore" model on the Rossi website, which have other additional keywork. My guess is that it a one-off made for him; an ordinary Boehm plus forked Eb/Bb.


If there are so many people on this board unwilling or unable to have a civil and balanced discussion about important issues, then I shan't bother to post here any more.

To the great relief of many of you, no doubt.

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 Re: Paquito D'rivera's new instrument
Author: Don Berger 
Date:   2006-02-25 18:35

I agree w: John 25, the pic is a "3/4 Full Boehm". I have an older Pruefer, just like P's, except for the C#/G# tone hole/pad location, in front, yes, but out of the ring-lines. Except for A transposition use [or a full horn mid staff Bb [if in tune]] the low Eb is not of much use. Don

Thanx, Mark, Don

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 Re: Paquito D'rivera's new instrument
Author: Alseg 
Date:   2006-02-25 18:45

Looks Rossioid to me.

-Where the Sound Matters Most(tm)-

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 Re: Paquito D'rivera's new instrument
Author: tpasswater 
Date:   2006-02-25 19:02

Paquito's new instrument is called a Paquinet. It is a clarinet with saxophone keys and ergonomics. It is made by a small woodwind manufacturer located in New York City. They can be reached via their website. I don't know how to post a link, but the website address is

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 Re: Paquito D'rivera's new instrument
Author: Erdinet 
Date:   2006-02-26 20:45

I was at Manning's the other day. I did not get to play the Paquinet but I did see one. He was not too forthcoming with information about it, but it basically looks like a closed hole clarinet. I recall seeing a vent on the left hand first finger E/B key. I guess you could say its like a bass clarinet on a soprano clarinet body. It did not look like it used saxophone fingerings, but I could be wrong about that.


P.S. By the way, Manning make a custom line of saxophones, reeds for all the saxes and clarinet, has some very cool alto and tenor sax cases with covers, and has a full line of mouthpieces. The mouthpieces are an original blank of his own making. I just bought an alto mouthpiece that was reasonably priced and simply amazing feeling & sounding. Check his stuff out if you can.

"There is a big difference between kneeling down and bending over."
-Frank Zappa

Post Edited (2006-02-26 22:37)

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