Clarinetter wrote at 2012-12-19 02:03:32

I am a 66 year old, pretty decent, amateur clarinetist. My parents bought me a Pierre Revan wood clarinet when I was in the 5th grade. In about 1985 was able to purchase a used Leblanc "LL" clarinet, probably manufactured in the mid-1960's. I was amazed at how much easier the Leblanc was to play (easier articulation and easier pitch control). My old Pierre Revan was purchased new for no more than $600. I suggest that you stick with a new or used intermediate wood clarinet from Yamaha, Leblanc, Selmer, or Buffet.  

Guy Pierce wrote at 2013-09-13 16:34:14
I own a PIERRE REVAN clarinet and have never experience any keys sticking.  This is the easiest playing clarinet I have ever owned.  I have played every note from the low E upward to G above high C including all half steps.  The instrument responded with ease even when I did this with a dry reed.  There is no flaw in its design.  


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Malcolm Dickinson


Experienced clarinet teacher giving private lessons (beginner through advanced) in Greenwich/Stamford, Connecticut.


Have played clarinet since 1977. Played in the national high school symphonic band and national high school jazz ensemble in 1984; selected as first chair clarinet of the Illinois All-State Honors Band in 1985; as a college student, played clarinet and bass clarinet with the Yale Concert Band and Yale Symphony Orchestra. Studied clarinet with music professors Julie DeRoche, Keith Wilson, and David Shifrin. Began teaching private lessons in 1986, and have taught nearly 100 students, ages 9 to 79.

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