I’m a saxophonist, but am interested in resurrecting my clarinet playing (Started on clarinet and didn’t look back much after switching to saxophone.)
I’m thinking of purchasing a clarinet since all I have is a student model clarinet which isn’t very enjoyable to play.
My questions are:
1) Please explain the affect of bore diameter on how the instrument plays.
2) I notice that very few modern clarinets offer an articulated G#. Having a saxophone bias, this would seem to be a valuable feature. Did the articulated G# not prove it’s value for playing the clarinet?
There seem to be two popular bore diameters, one wide, one narrower, and the narrower bore present somewhat better aspects of intonation, hence that is the more popular at the present time.
The articulated G# is a terrific addition for the clarinet as it facilitates playing certain passages and trills with a great deal more ease on the clarinet. The only draw back is that it sometimes has to be adjusted, a relatively easy adjustment to make. I find it indispensable, though at present I do not have one on my clarinet.
The reason that there are not more clarinets with the articulated G# is because most teachers do not advocate the extra key, however I would always suggest that you have it on your clarinet.You will find it more difficult to find on an instrument and hence more expensive, however that is not a reason not to have one.
I do hope you understand the Western Hemisphere concerning the keywork of clarinets. It is a straight 17keys and 6 rings philosophy,evolving through playing tradition.
best wishes, sf