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 Plateau clarinet redux
Author: SecondTry 
Date:   2022-06-23 21:33

I have a friend...no I really do, it's not me, not yet at least, whose arthritis and resulting finger curvature is having her think about whether her coveted R13, with open holes, may be her instrument (at least without changes made to it) going forward.

While I've ask about this topic before, I've never brought up the question as to whether there are Soprano Clarinet makers out there who sell plateau clarinets.

Perhaps, even if they exist, this is a bad direction, whose better course of action would find conversion of her R13 into a plateau based instrument the better move.



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 Re: Plateau clarinet redux
Author: Hurstfarm 
Date:   2022-06-23 23:14

I’ve been flirting with a plateau keyed Noblet during a difficult spell of peripheral neuropathy (hand/finger numbness) after medical treatment. The challenge is not being able to guarantee an airtight seal of the holes with the fingers, and the plateau keys mean it’s possible to play with much more confidence. The plateau Noblets are reasonable quality instruments which appear occasionally on the second hand market (as I intend mine will do shortly as the sensation is coming back!), but of course not on a par with a good R13.

In the process though, I became aware that Uebel produce a plateau keyed version of their Superior, which if it’s anything like the standard version I tried a few years back, will be an excellent instrument. This is worth a read: https://www.viennamusicus.com/worth-hearing-uebel-clarinets/

Post Edited (2022-06-24 09:16)

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 Re: Plateau clarinet redux
Author: MarkS 
Date:   2022-06-23 23:15

Wolfgang Lohff (Lohff & Pfeiffer) does plateau conversions as well as selling clarinets. While he was adjusting my clarinets recently, there was another client (professional clarinetist) who was picking up a plateau conversion (probably an R13). He was very happy with the result. If your friend contacts Wolfgang by email, he can describe what options are available.


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 Re: Plateau clarinet redux
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2022-06-24 02:08

Here's Uebel's page:


Former oboe finisher
Howarth of London
1998 - 2010

The opinions I express are my own.

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 Re: Plateau clarinet redux
Author: Tony F 
Date:   2022-06-24 03:50

When I lost sensitivity in my fingers due to carpal tunnel syndrome I bought a used Noblet plateau clarinet. It enabled me to continue to play and the transition was seamless. After surgery sensation in my fingers eventually returned and I was able play my normal instrument, but I'm hanging on the the Noblet because arthritis is now becoming a problem and I suspect it will have to come out of retirement again soon,

Tony F.

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 Re: Plateau clarinet redux
Author: donald 
Date:   2022-06-24 04:18

I HAD a Noblet Plateau clarinet in need of re padding and repairs to the centre tenon... I gave it to a friend who is one of the best repair guys in NZ, but I doubt he's touched it (as he is notoriously busy, plus just moving house/workshop) so if you would like me to ask him, there's a good chance he's just got it on a shelf somewhere and we would give it to you for the price of the repairs...

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 Re: Plateau clarinet redux
Author: Peter B 
Date:   2022-06-24 11:49

RZ Clarinets (https://www.rzclarinets.com/en/clarinets/) offers two models: Vivo (student) and Dolce (pro).

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 Re: Plateau clarinet redux
Author: ACCA 
Date:   2022-06-29 19:22

and if you're in the USA, and on a budget, https://rheubenallen.com/product/rheuben-allen-b-flat-plateau-clarinet/
(cheaper) https://rheubenallen.com/product/hunter-plateau-b-flat-clarinet/
these have got some good reviews.

Good luck.

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