Date: 2017-10-30 23:09
Many recorder companies produce cheap but serviceable plastic (or "ecoplastic") copies of historically famous wooden recorders. For example, the Aulos 700 is a copy of a Haka instrument, ZenOn makes plastic copies of Stanesby and Bressen instruments and so on with the various Yamaha recorders. To professional recorder players, these instruments do not duplicate the qualities of the original, but for beginners they provide an entrance point to the historical recorder world and a way to gain technical skill that can later be transferred to a better wooden replica.
Would it be preposterous for a large company to produce copies of historical clarinets cheaply in plastic (or rubber) to serve a similar purpose? So, for reasonably low price, a clarinetist could explore how it feels to play a 6-key or a 12-key instrument. The latest student plastic Boehm instruments from Buffet can be had for under $600.00. They have a decent modern bore, decent keywork, and play fairly well in tune. So for the same price or less why not a few choices in historical clarinets? I do realize that the mouthpiece design might pose a hurdle because it would probably have to be made especially for the model in question.
If cheap plastic historical clarinets were available, would a sizable market open up for them because of the low price?
Post Edited (2017-10-30 23:11)