Leblanc Model 7182 Contrabass Clarinet

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The true bass of the clarinet family.

Vito model 7182 contrabass clarinet is pitched one octave lower than the bass clarinet. Its deep, dark tone adds incredible richness to the bass section of any ensemble.

It is in the key of Bb and features a 1.182" bore, one-piece body, Resotone wood-like finish, nickel-plated keys, and a range to low Eb.

  • Key of BBb
  • One-piece body
  • Resotone plastic with wood-like finish
  • Nickel-plated keys, neck, and bell
  • Range to low Eb

Model 7182 Contrabass Clarinet Specifications:

  • 1.182" bore (30.02 mm)
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LeblancModel 7182 Contrabass Clarinet

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LeBlanc Model 7182 Contra-Bass Clarinet

By Clarinet Andrew

from Canoga Park, CA

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  • Consistent
  • Easy To Play
  • Quality Craftsmanship
  • Rich Sound
  • Warm Tone


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      Comments about Leblanc Model 7182 Contrabass Clarinet:

      As other reviewers have commented, this is a massive instrument standing around 6 feet tall when assembled. The player will need a lot of elbow room to assemble this contra-bass clarinet. As with any large woodwind instrument care is needed to keep from damaging the key work when removing and replacing this beast in its case.

      This instrument played well for me straight out of the box. I was able to sound notes all the way from the low E-flat to the D above the staff. Crossing the break was reasonably easy. The tone quality is fairly rich and the lowest notes purr. The keys were very responsive and played easily. My only 'complaint' is that this instrument lacks the chromatic/trill keys on the upper section, so there is no chromatic fingering for F-sharp. This is a minor quibble, and any good player will be able to work around this situation.

      The case in well made with two small casters on the bottom to help move it around. I will probably strap this instrument to a folding dolly with larger wheels for longer moves. The pieces of the instrument fit tightly into the respective sections, so they are well protected during transportation. Accessories include a mouthpiece, ligature, mouthpiece cap; cork grease; a Vandoren reed; and a neck strap that seems a little puny for such a large instrument, but unless you are 7 to 8 feet tall I doubt that you will be playing a contra-bass clarinet while standing. I have to sit on a stool or drum throne to reach the mouthpiece while sitting.

      I would recommend the LeBlanc Model 7182 Contra-Bass Clarinet for a serious amateur who wants to experience the joys of playing the contra-bass clarinet, and to schools that wish to add depth to their woodwind section.

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      Contra Bass

      By Beckie

      from Michigan

      Comments about Leblanc Model 7182 Contrabass Clarinet:

      I've played contra bass for five years and the only thing about this instrument is that it is extremely fragile. You have to be especially careful when transferring it to and from and putting it back in the case, because the keys will bend easily. But because of the "low" cost, this is a good instrument for a high school band. If you are just looking for a contra to play on low cost, than this is the instrument for you.

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      (101 of 136 customers found this review helpful)


      Awesome Clarinet

      By Nicolas Ford

      from San Jose

      Comments about Leblanc Model 7182 Contrabass Clarinet:

      I have recently bought a Vito 7128 contrabass clarinet and I love it! I have only played the contrabass clarinet for 6 months in my band and it has changed the whole sound of the band completely. My band does scales before we play our musical selections, and I wondered what it would be like if I "wasn't there" or in other words, wasn't playing. The band played the first five notes, and I joined in for the last notes and BOY!!! WAS THERE A DIFFERENCE!!!!! It adds a lot to the bass and low end section. Without it, I don't think my band would have the dark rich sound it has now. The clarinet itself is sorta hard to go over the break, although the music hardly calls for it. All in all, it's a great buy. I suggest it for beginners and professionals. I LOVE CONTRABASS CLARINETS!!!!!!!!!

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      (40 of 72 customers found this review helpful)


      not good

      By L-MiuI4

      from Cypress, TX

      Comments about Leblanc Model 7182 Contrabass Clarinet:

      unless this instrument is in top condition, it will not play well. I have encountered problems moving it across the break when on other there is no problem.

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      (29 of 51 customers found this review helpful)


      Nice tone, problems may relate to instrument's massive size and my ability

      By Dhanuba Smith

      from Cleveland, Ohio

      Comments about Leblanc Model 7182 Contrabass Clarinet:

      I picked up a contrabass of this brand that was owned by my school. The massive instrument, about 6 1/2 ft. tall, is rather cumbersome and difficult to transport (doesn't fit into my car very well), but that's probably true of all non-"paperclip" contras (the metal ones that double around are called "paperclip" and are probably a bit easier to transport.) The instrument itself has a stunning lower register extending to the lowest D-flat on the piano. Playing over the break is difficult on this behemoth; though do-able, in this register it probably doubles bass clarinet parts. Difficult to play there. But, that might be just because of the instrument size. Or because I'm not too talented at contra. The biggest problem with the contrabass clarinet, besides the transportation problems, are the cost of reeds and other accessories. This instrument plays well. I'll admit, it is the only contra I have ever tried, but I was not disappointed. And, man, that low D flat...

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      (27 of 61 customers found this review helpful)


      The best instrument ever!

      By Collin-DwvTf

      from Lake Charles, LA USA

      Comments about Leblanc Model 7182 Contrabass Clarinet:

      I think this contrabass clarinet is the absolute best of all clarinets!

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