Below is my listing of recommendations that I hope will provide some guidance through what can be an overwhelming process of beginning clarinet. The list is a compilation of products I have used, and/or have had students use with positive experiences throughout the years. The following equipment will set your student up well for their first year of clarinet performance.
Used Yamaha Student Model (plastic) clarinets are often a good choice as well as Selmer student model plastic clarinets. For the most part ‘anything goes’ as far as student model instruments as long as it is in playing condition.
If a clarinet has been sitting for several years, or has not had routine maintenance, it will need to be overhauled (usually costs around $200) you'll find my recommended repair people listed below.
Clarinets can range in price from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. Music & Arts and Atlas Music both have rental programs.
If you are looking at upgrading a clarinet please speak with me and I will assist you through the process.
There are many reed options, the strength number increases over time with the development of the clarinet student.
A basic 4 reed “reed clip” is required – there are more involved and extensive options for reed storage.
Check out the links below:
Bonade Inverted Ligature
Ishimori silver, gold, etc.
Clarinet Swab (cleans the instrument)
Extras: K&M Clarinet Stand
Portable Music Stand: Amazon search for a variety of options
RECOMMENDED MUSIC STORES
1764 Empire Blvd.
Webster, NY 14580
Music & Arts
3343 Monroe Ave. Ste. 8
Pittsford, NY 14618
Woodwind & Brasswind
Vilas, NC 28692
RECOMMEDNED SHEET MUSIC VENDORS
Hickey’s Music Center
4318 Main St.
Kansas City, MO 64111
R. Grunow: Jump Right in Clarinet Book 1 with CDR.
RECOMMENDED CLARINET REPAIR
1908 Ridge Rd
Rochester, NY 14622
N6662 Meadowbrook Lane
Sheboygan, WI 53083
*Scott Winkler is my personal repairman, he was previously an engineer for Leblanc clarinets – accepts shipped clarinets via UPS and holds an insurance rider with UPS so you do not have to pay to insure the parcel.
Easiest to contact via phone - books a few months out.
Any Additional questions can be directed to: Kristina Setka