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Simplifies and speeds up the process of tuning your clarinet.
Tuning is accomplished through a modification of the internal barrel length (from 61mm to 67mm). Push the thumb wheel up or down and the inside length of the barrel will increase or decrease. A distinct audible and tactile click will be noticed at every millimeter. The Locking Model introduces a bottom ring that locks the barrel into position during mouthpiece changes or assembly. It also features the darkest sound available. Especially suited for classical playing.
- Tuning with the internal barrel length (from 61mm to 67mm)
- Audible and tactile click at every millimeter
- Bottom ring locks the barrel into position
Locking Clarinet Tuning Barrel Specifications:
- Material: Plastic
Reviewed by 7 customers
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I play saxophone and bought a second-hand intermediate Yamaha wooden clarinet that played a little flat even with the original (?) barrel all the way down. I bought a nonlocking Click not knowing how much shorter I needed to go. It worked great and now I finally am in tune with my electronic tuner -- as much as can be expected for a woodwind instrument -- at one of the Click's shortest settings. Yes, there is a tiny loss in tonal quality.
If you are playing in cold weather, or just trying to tune to everyone else, this product makes it easy.
I had written a review previously for the standard barrel, which works nicely on my Bundy plastic clarinet, but I have found that the locking model is preferable, especially on my Buffet. The extra weight and solidity of the locking model provides a sound that is identical to my 67mm Moennig. The non-locking model is not so great on a professional clarinet, but should be viewed upon as a great way to open up the sound of a beginning student, and to provide a way of keeping a beginner clarinet section in tune, without spending a lot.
The Click barrel is an interesting concept, however it does not have the tonal quality on my R13 that a "good" Moenig barrel has. It is rather thin and shallow. Reviews with students and Bundy clarinets are meaningless. Student line clarinets are manufactured sharp to compensate for the flatness of beginning students for whom they were designed.
This tuning barrel was a lifesaver! After buying a Buffet R13 Greenline, I had trouble keeping it in tune. I bought the Locking Click Barrel, and now I can tune easily and efficiently with ease. The sound is lovely; and there isn't much difference between my Buffet Barrel and the Click Barrel. It is a must have for the serious musician.
The Click barrel is a good choice for cold playing conditions. For someone who is doubling, the original model requires more attention when swabbing etc. I am trying the locking model so I don't have to worry about losing the setting when assembling or swabbing.
The Click barrel really offered me a pleasant surprise. The sound of the barrel is quite nice. I use it on my plastic Bundy clarinet (for marching band/outdoor playing). By placing this barrel on the Bundy, it instantly opened up the sound, making it very clear and pleasing to the ear. That certainly was not the case with the stock Bundy barrel, which made the sound stuffy and fuzzy. This barrel makes tuning easier (although I still need to pull out a bit... I wonder if they could be convinced to make one that adjusts to 70mm...). As you can guess, I play quite sharp. All in all, It's a good buy and I would recommend them to anyone who asks about them