The clarinet is a relative newcomer among woodwind instruments. The clarinet has a single-reed mouthpiece, a straight, cylindrical tube with an almost cylindrical bore, and a flared bell. It also has a padded key system like the flute. Clarinets have the largest range of common woodwinds.
Most early clarinets were made of boxwood or ebony and the reed was secured in place by windings of string instead of being attached by a ligature. Today, granadilla is the most commonly used wood for professional clarinets and the beginner instruments are often made with hard rubber. The reeds made from cane, come in different thicknesses, and a variety of cuts that create different tonalities. The reed is secured to the mouthpiece by a ligature. ( Ligatures come in different formats including metal, leatherette and woven fabric. )
Boosey & Hawkes Clarinet in A ( Second Hand )
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