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 Resonator pads
Author: thousandwords 
Date:   2022-06-22 00:34


I was reading a review of The Selmer Privilege clarinet And i was very suprised To read that some pads come with metal resonators.


This îs The first time I hear of such thing for a clarinet. But then again i am not a professional musician, but rather i play as a hobby.

Do i understand this correctly that some of the pads are like say saxophone pads with a resonator in the middle?

If yes, are there any other clarinets that do that?

Again, provided this is true, anybody played such clarinet and if yes what did you think of the instrument?

Thank you in advance for educating me on this and apologies for my ignorance.

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 Re: Resonator pads
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2022-06-22 02:16

Some other clarinets have. The Yamaha CSGs originally (still do....anyone?) came with Lucian Deluxe pads that had a plastic button in the middle of every single pad. Those where supposed to act in a similar manner to the resonators you see on the big pads for saxophone. I believe there was at least one major company that does overhauls that offered resonators on the big four pads at the bottom of the clarinet.

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

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 Re: Resonator pads
Author: Steven Ocone 
Date:   2022-06-22 03:51

Some pads on some instruments are secured in the pad cup with a resonator and a screw. Sax resonators have also been used by repair techs for many years.

Steve Ocone

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 Re: Resonator pads
Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2022-06-22 05:13

It's always hard to pin down the very first time something has been done. Much easier to say "the first I heard of," so the first use of resonator pads on soprano clarinets that caught my attention was on the very expensive, thin walled Buffet Elite model that came out in the 1970s, as I recall. Later on, Selmer used them on the lower joint of its St. Louis model clarinet. In England, Peter Eaton offered resonators on some of his high-end handmade clarinets. Some of the Leblanc Opus clarinets designed by Ridenour had resonator pads and some did not. None of these innovations seems to have become mainstream or something most players expect to have on a Bb or A clarinet. Collectors of old metal clarinets might have something to say about this. I dimly recall some old metal models that had resonators but cannot remember the brand names or models.

Post Edited (2022-06-22 05:30)

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 Re: Resonator pads
Author: jdbassplayer 
Date:   2022-06-22 07:10

The Silver King was the model. But they weren't resonators in the traditional sense, instead it was a screw and washer that held the pad in like you would see on a flute. And even before that I believe some JTL clarinets had a similar setup.


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 Re: Resonator pads
Author: Hurstfarm 
Date:   2022-06-22 11:46

Peter Eaton is another maker who used resonator pads on his instruments.

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 Re: Resonator pads
Author: Hunter_100 
Date:   2022-06-22 22:21

What is the perceived benefit of resonator pads? I suppose the effect is not large considering the low adoption rate on modern instruments.

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 Re: Resonator pads
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2022-06-23 02:51

With skin pads, rivets will reduce the likelihood of pads sagging in the middle and compromising venting.

There are plenty of pads on the market that remain flat in the centre and far better alternatives to crappy old skin pads.

Former oboe finisher
Howarth of London
1998 - 2010

The opinions I express are my own.

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 Re: Resonator pads
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2022-06-23 04:02

The benefit of the "buttons" on the Lucien Deluxe was precisely that they kept the surface of the pad flat. This made the sound bigger (more reflective surface than curved and soft). Also another benefit of the flatter, harder surfaces of the Valentino Masters and Krause Omni pads.........bigger, clearer sound.

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

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