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 RE: Kinderklair
Author: Arnold the basset hornist 
Date:   1999-08-18 11:26

Well, there exist different categories of "children clarinets" [Kinderklarinette(n)] in Germany.

The more complex ones are just clarinets pitched in C, adjusted (hole positions, total weight) to childrens hands, usually played with (german) Bb clarinet reeds (and mouthpieces) and a simplified german ("albert") system (e.g. 14 keys).
[search the C-Klasse at <a href=>Hans KREUL</a>

The low end are like chalumeaux with Bb clarinet mouthpiece, up to 3 keys, approx. the size of a soprano recorder, approx. 2 octaves range, but not chromatic, fingering similar to a recorder.

The best instrument I know is the "Kinderklarinette C1" by Guntram Wolf (Im Ziegelwinkel 13, 96817 Kronach, Germany, Tel. +49 9261 4207, Fax. +49 9261 52782). 3 keys, and some double finger holes offer together with a narrow bore (compared to Bb and Eb clarinets) and a bell (just in shape, not a separate joint) a full chromatic range in chalumeau and clarion register (2+2/3 octaves). Fingering (and size) is quite similar to soprano recorder. You can also see it as an "clarinet pitched in high G", if you compare the fingering with the clarinet. Of course, it is played with a (german) Bb clarinet reed, too (special mouthpiece due to the bore diameter). Only the reed's "back end" has to be shortened, which is no problem at all. (Due to the size, there's the speeker key quite far up.)
I remember a price below $300 (incl. 16 % sales tax, in Germany)

I hope, this information is what you looked for

Arnold, the basset hornist

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