• Background information on the clarinet:

    Most modern clarinet bodies are made out of African blackwood such as grenadilla and East African ebony. It is this heavy, dark wood that gives clarinets their characteristic color.

    Beginning clarinets designed for students may be made out of artificial resins.

    The clarinet mouthpiece is made out of a kind of hard rubber called ebonite. It can chip or break when dropped so it must be handled with care. Mouthpieces cannot be repaired!

    The instrument uses a single reed made from the cane of Arundo donax, a type of grass. The vibration of the reed is amplified into the body of the clarinet. Reeds may last for weeks or can be trashed with careless handling! They cost about $2.00 apiece.

    Here are the Bb clarinets that the Gates Chili music department recommends:

    Clarinet - wood preferred

    • Yamaha YCL-450 
    • Buffet E-11
    • Vito 7214pc (composite, not wood)
    • Vandoren B45 clarinet mouthpiece
    • Yamaha 4C clarinet mouthpiece


    • Mitchell Lurie 2 1/2 strength Bb clarinet reeds  - box of 5 or 10

    The school is providing the lesson book.



    Clarinet shopping list

    • Folding music stand
    • Handkerchief swab~for removing moisture from inside.
    • Cork Grease ~ you need this if your instrument is hard to put together. 
    • Reeds  1-2 boxes.  Mitchell Lurie 2 1/2 for now, 3’s later.
    • Reed guard ~ for protecting your reeds from breakage.

    Atlas music 671-2020 ~ Cadance Music 247-8690