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 clarinet family
Author: Philip Caron 
Date:   2018-03-22 19:25

Weeding files, I found a spreadsheet I did a few years ago. It attempts to list all the different pitched clarinets ever made. I failed to record my sources for this, but I remember there were several online plus one book.

Here's the list in descending order of pitch. Asterisk indicates obsolete.

Piccolo: G6*, C*, Bb5*, A*, Ab

Sopranino: G5*, F*, E*, Eb, D

Soprano: C5, Bb4, B*, A, Ab* (d'amour) , G

Alto: F4*, E* (basset), Eb, D (basset)

Bass: C4*, Bb3, A*

Contra-alto: G3*, F*, Eb

Contra-bass: C3*, Bb2

Octocontra-alto: Eb2 (experimental)

Octocontra-bass: Bb1 (experimental)

30 different pitches. Only Db and Gb are not represented. There are 5 different Bb clarinets.

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 Re: clarinet family
Author: derf5585 
Date:   2018-03-22 19:55

And this Unlisted Clarinet


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 Re: clarinet family
Author: Ken Lagace 
Date:   2018-03-23 05:52

Post Edited (2018-03-23 05:55)

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 Re: clarinet family
Author: FwLineberry 
Date:   2018-03-23 08:56

That unlisted clarinet cracked me up.


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 Re: clarinet family
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2018-03-23 13:52

There's at least one German maker still making G sopranino clarinets.


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 Re: clarinet family
Author: EaubeauHorn 
Date:   2018-03-23 21:56

Yes the unlisted youtube was hilarious. I liked especially that he played the same run on all of them so you could hear the range. The weensy-ist one I have never, ever heard of, nor do I ever want to listen to it again!

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 Re: clarinet family
Author: Barry Vincent 
Date:   2018-03-24 06:15

This is my own way of naming the Clarinet 'family' listing only the known existing tonalities. The simple rule is that the tonality is determined by the sounding of ONE note. This is the C above middle C.
These are the treble pitched clarinets
'Piccolo' (Altissimo) Ab
Sopranino G Eb D
Soprano C Bb A
Alto G F Eb
These are the 'base' (bass) pitched clarinets
Tenor C Bb
Bass Eb
Contra-bass Bb
Sub-contra-bass Eb
As all Clarinets have a wonderful extended lower range ( a fifth) they can all go down into the next lower tonality. For example, the Bb Soprano extends down into the Alto range and the Bb Tenor extends down into the Bass range.
There was apparently an F Sopranino at one time and an Alto in D. Also an A Tenor may or may not exist now.


Post Edited (2018-03-24 06:20)

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 Re: clarinet family
Author: derf5585 
Date:   2018-03-24 07:33

Why is the Ab piccolo clarinet not pitched in Bb?


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 Re: clarinet family
Author: dorjepismo 2017
Date:   2018-03-24 08:08

It's not especially low, but it's certainly weird! https://vimeo.com/172775567

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 Re: clarinet family
Author: Johan H Nilsson 
Date:   2018-03-24 12:52


There should be more affordable way of creating weird noises...

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 Re: clarinet family
Author: Johan H Nilsson 
Date:   2018-03-24 12:56


Then it would not be an Ab clarinet. :-D

If your question is why the piccolo clarinet is not pitched in Bb, I believe it is because the tone holes would be too close. The hands barely fit on the Ab clarinet.

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 Re: clarinet family
Author: Enatural 
Date:   2018-03-24 19:14

I like the chart about the different clarinets that were made in the past, pity there are no photo's, or clarinet lengths. But most can be found in the museum collections complete with photo and description. 'Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments'

It is important to include the so called obsolete clarinets such as F natural, E natural Sopranino, and B natural Soprano, because although they might be considered obsolete by some, they still play a good tune. Cleaned, corked and re padded they are nice little clarinets.

I am still looking for the elusive C# clarinet I think it should measure about 475 mm without MP.

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