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 Devon & Burgani Fluency
Author: Charlieguk83 
Date:   2019-01-22 18:22

Has anyone had the chance to test the Devon & Burgani fluency clarinet. If so how does it compare to the other brands out there like Backun, Yamaha and Buffet, etc? Everyone keeps saying that it plays like other top models around the $5k mark but only costs just over $3k. I need to buy a new clarinet and really like the yamama YCL SE artist model, the Buffet Legende and the Backun Lumiere but all are too out of my price range since I need a set.

Post Edited (2019-01-22 18:26)

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 Re: Devon & Burgani Fluency
Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2019-01-22 19:22

Devon and Burgani might have a booth at the ICA in Knoxville, TN this summer. I would check to see if you want to try some of their clarinets. If you like the Yamaha SE artist, why not try the SEVR, which, I believe, has essentially the same bore and overall sound response. Also the CSRV, which most American players seem to prefer as having a denser, more focused sound for classical orchestral work to the larger more open-sounding SE bore. Both the SEVR and the CSVR sell new for around $3000 - $3200 in many retail outlets both online and in brick and mortar stores.

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 Re: Devon & Burgani Fluency
Author: rgoldem 
Date:   2019-01-23 02:13

I bought one recently. It is a beautiful instrument that plays very well in tune. You have a choice of Grenadilla or Conduru which is a reddish Brazilian wood appropriate for woodwinds. Conduru's density, mechanical and acoustical properties are generically close to Grenadilla. However, I find the Conduru one plays a bit sweeter than the Grenadilla which is more powerful.

The instrument plays evenly through the whole range and throat tones are quite nice, with a balanced timbre. Tuning problems in this region are minor and can be easily controlled by the musician. It is probably the same or even better than my R13 Prestige.

I guess the main point of attraction of the Fluency model is a double register mechanism which I have never seen before. It was developed through hard research and as a consequence, twelfths are quite good.

Devon and Burgani are quite dedicated to the task of developing a high-profile clarinet in Brazil. They are innovators, work hard and their production is quite small, always striving to survive in a market that can be very competitive. In fact, I believe they deserve special attention from the clarinet community around the world.

In case you are interested you may have a look at Even though it is in Portuguese you will see pictures and samples of people playing.

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 Re: Devon & Burgani Fluency
Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2019-01-23 02:39

That double register key sounds interesting. Past attempts at that improvement have usually been problematic in requiring lots of periodic adjustment. I wonder if D & B have finally solved that problem.

Maria Carmen Garzas (favorably) reviews the Devon and Burgani clarinets (in three different choices of wood) here:

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 Re: Devon & Burgani Fluency
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2019-01-23 02:39

I like the look of the oversized side key touch surfaces........makes sense.

.................Paul Aviles

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