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 Where to get low C extension for bass clarinet?
Author: DGjudesane 
Date:   2020-10-05 07:38

Does anyone know of a repair shop offering a Low C bass clarinet extension? SoCal is preferred as well as any in the US. Thanks.

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 Re: Where to get low C extension for bass clarinet?
Author: donald 
Date:   2020-10-06 07:52

The only one I know of in North America is Steve Fox in Canada. Here might be a few examples of people who have done one off jobs but none that I'm aware of who, like Mr Fox, have done it multiple times. David Spiegelthal (who contributes to this BB) has done various extensions but I'm not sure if he would be keen to do it in a professional capacity (I was expecting him to reply to this thread already...)

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 Re: Where to get low C extension for bass clarinet?
Author: jdbassplayer 
Date:   2020-10-06 19:18

At this point it’s more economically viable to just get a Kessler low C bass clarinet. A low C extension will usually take months to make and will cost more than the Kessler.

Otherwise if you absolutely need a wood low C I would just sell your current bass and get an older low C instrument. Again this will be about the same cost as having an extension made.

-Jdbassplayer

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 Re: Where to get low C extension for bass clarinet?
Author: Mark Charette 2017
Date:   2020-10-06 19:52

You could talk to Steve Fox http://sfoxclarinets.com. He is a clarinet maker and does provide /develop substantial modifications.



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 Re: Where to get low C extension for bass clarinet?
Author: David Spiegelthal 2017
Date:   2020-10-07 06:39

As Donald wrote, I've built several (maybe a half-dozen) low-C extensions for my own bass clarinets, but my workmanship is lousy, not suitable for customer instruments. Steve Fox does fantastic work, he's a true craftsman and superb designer, but might have a backlog of work stretching out to the next century. Still, Mark is correct, try Steve first.

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 Re: Where to get low C extension for bass clarinet?
Author: Ed 
Date:   2020-10-07 18:19

I believe Wes Rice has made them

https://www.clarinet-repairs.com

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 Re: Where to get low C extension for bass clarinet?
Author: smokindok 
Date:   2020-10-08 05:39
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Stephen Fox does wonderful work. If you have an excellent low Eb bass, he will turn it into an even better low C bass.

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 Re: Where to get low C extension for bass clarinet?
Author: ebonite 
Date:   2020-10-08 11:15

smokindok wrote:

> Stephen Fox does wonderful work. If you have an excellent low
> Eb bass, he will turn it into an even better low C bass.

John, how did you find a case to fit your lower joint with a "four hole" extension?

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 Re: Where to get low C extension for bass clarinet?
Author: smokindok 
Date:   2020-10-08 16:30

Patrick, I outfitted a gun case using various types of foam and thin wood panels for dividers, all covered in a velour type material. Has held up well to quite heavy use over about four years now. The case has wheels on one end, which makes things easier when you have another case and a gig bag on shoulder straps and a bari sax case in the other hand.

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 Re: Where to get low C extension for bass clarinet?
Author: smokindok 
Date:   2020-10-08 16:48
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Patrick, I outfitted a gun case using various types of foam and thin wood panels for dividers, all covered with a velour type fabric. The Bb clarinet is in a tray that lifts out to access mouthpiece and barrel storage. Has held up well with about four years of quite heavy use. The case has wheels on one end, which is nice as it is fairly heavy when loaded with Bb, bass, and the K&M stand. Especially nice when you also have another instrument case and a gig bag on shoulder straps, and a bari sax case in the other hand.

John

*edited to correct typo



Post Edited (2020-10-08 16:52)

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 Re: Where to get low C extension for bass clarinet?
Author: ebonite 
Date:   2020-10-08 18:42

Nice job!

smokindok wrote:

> Patrick, I outfitted a gun case using various types of foam and
> thin wood panels for dividers, all covered with a velour type
> fabric. The Bb clarinet is in a tray that lifts out to access
> mouthpiece and barrel storage. Has held up well with about four
> years of quite heavy use. The case has wheels on one end, which
> is nice as it is fairly heavy when loaded with Bb, bass, and
> the K&M stand. Especially nice when you also have another
> instrument case and a gig bag on shoulder straps, and a bari
> sax case in the other hand.
>
> John
>
> *edited to correct typo
>

>
> Post Edited (2020-10-08 16:52)

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 Re: Where to get low C extension for bass clarinet?
Author: HANGARDUDE 
Date:   2020-11-06 18:41

John,

I'm curious which Pelican case model you used for your bass? I've been toying with the idea of making one of these cases myself. Is it the same one using by Mike Lomax for his humidipro triple case?

Josh


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 Re: Where to get low C extension for bass clarinet?
Author: David Spiegelthal 2017
Date:   2020-11-06 19:06

Re: cases: I've built a bunch of bespoke case interiors with "kaizen" foam, generally sold in thicknesses of approximately 1", 2" or 4". Really easy to make a nice/secure custom case interior for whatever sort of instrument you have. I recently bought a bunch of this stuff, very happy with it:
https://www.fastcap.com/product/kaizen-foam

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 Re: Where to get low C extension for bass clarinet?
Author: smokindok 
Date:   2020-11-07 01:48

Josh,

That is actually a SKB case. It is solid and well built for a significantly lower price than a Pelican, at least several years back when I did that case. On SKB’s website, under “utility cases”, there are a lot of options. I believe I used an iSeries 3614-6 and got it empty, as I didn’t want to use their foam. Once I decided what dimensions I needed and picked out a model, I just shopped around for the best price.

John

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