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Clarinets Clarinet - adjustable tuning barrels

Pete Effamy

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Used to have a Click barrel which was great for instances when the clarinet had been 'waiting to be used' either in a show, or a big band gig and was stone cold. I thought these had gone off the market (mine broke some years ago) but by a chance search, they are still around. I also see that there is a Backun model, and a RS Berkeley one. Anyone tried them? Whilst doing a fantastic job on the cold, flat as a pancake clarinet (went from 61mm - 67mm) the sound wasn't "lovely".

https://www.guitarcenter.com/Click/International-Clarinet-Tuning-Barrel.gc

https://www.guitarcenter.com/Click/International-Clarinet-Tuning-Barrel.gc

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AndyWhiteford

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I think of them as "gadgets"- for me, adding/ subtracting length at one end can only make for badly compromised tuning & intervals.
I'd also need to be convinced the internal bore of the barrel was smooth.
plus- how do you re-adjust it as the instrument warms up?
I'm a "put it together & learn to play it in tune" kinda guy and would probably play plastic or even metal clarinet if the gig was very cold or outdoors/winter. YMMV.
 
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Pete Effamy

Pete Effamy

Senior Member
Messages
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I think of them as "gadgets"- for me, adding/ subtracting length at one end can only make for badly compromised tuning & intervals.
I'd also need to be convinced the internal bore of the barrel was smooth.
plus- how do you re-adjust it as the instrument warms up?
I'm a "put it together & learn to play it in tune" kinda guy and would probably play plastic or even metal clarinet if the gig was very cold or outdoors/winter. YMMV.
The Click barrel extended or retracted by way of a jog wheel - literally clicking longer or shorter under your left thumb. I have a 66mm barrel which is “standard” then a short 64mm. If particularly cold and left for a while whilst playing sax the 64mm doesn’t quite cut it. I have no way, other than owning them, what a 63mm or 62mm would be like. The intonation I can work around but not being downright flat until warmer. The click barrel was a great workaround but I don’t know how much of a fit it was ie bore size etc. It broke anyway after a few years. Might try and get one again though scarce.
 
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