Help!, a clarinetist. Which Clarinet is Best for Jazz?

Hello—allow me just a moment of your time. I have been playing a Selmer series 10 for 38 years and have just recently received my former HS band director’s Selmer series 9 (God rest his soul). I was trained in undergraduate school with orchestra in mind, but most of my life have played combo and traditional jazz..(a la Goodman and Fountain). I am ALMOST pleased with my sound….except I can’t stop thinking I am using an orchestra horn. Is there really that much difference in a players sound because of clarinet bore size…in other words..I keep hearing about Conn 424 and Selmer Centered Tones and Leblanc Dynamic H and other older horns that had larger bores. I will keep my Selmer 10 for the rest of my days, but, am I missing something by not looking into buying a “jazz horn?” By the way….do you know what the bore size is for a Selmer 10 made in around 1967? Thanks so much for your time!
I played Selmer Series 10 for many years. I always thought that it was the most intune clarinet I had ever played. I also play the Selmer 10S which is very similar, though a bit less bright, if that means anything.
All of these instruments play differently.
The 10 is no more a Jazz Instrument than is the Centered Tone or Leblanc Dynamic or any clarinet with a larger than smaller bore.
There are simply no difference as to what genre for which a particular clarinet is suited.
CT, BT, Radio Model, it all depends upon whom is playing the thing.
I even know people who play on metal clarinets for the same reason: it makes it better for jazz. You know, I can play the Mozart or Brahms Quintets on a Centered Tone, or a BT, or a 10, 10S, Prestige or Tosca, or Leblanc. The music will always sound as if composed by Brahms and Mozart. You will not even think my Brahms sounds jazzier on the BT or the Radio Model. And, if I were a jazz player, and played on a Recital clarinet, or a Tosca, you wouldn’y say, “hey, he sounds classical”
My great fondness for the playing of Benny is based upon his training, not his horn, for his training was strictly classical and I believe you can hear it in his playing. I always get a kick about an interview he gave . The interviewer asked him why he had Brahms f minor Sonata on the stand. He replied, “what do you expect me to do? Sit around the house playing “China Boy” all day?”
In all clarinet playing of seasoned professionals, one can hear their training, for some, their personalities, their generosity within their sound and phrasing.

I looked and looked for the bore measurements of the 10 to no avail last night.
The only thing it says is that the 10 was the first model with a polycylindrical bore.
Having said that, I suggest you continue playing that lovely instrument.
I am basically an orchestral and chamber player. The first set of clarinets I owned was a set of Centered Tone Selmers. Did they sound jazzy? I think not.

stay well, sherman—–


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