Ridenour Lyrique C Clarinet

Serial  #none
Barrel:  45.2mm, 2nd barrel is 46.3mm
Bore LH joint top:  14.8mm
Bore LH joint at bottom:  14.3mm
See the bottom of the page for MP3 downlods and a sound comparison with the Bb clarinet.

Intonation results taken when playing loud and not lipping. See how to interpret these results on the Model Comparison Page.

For this test, I pulled .2  at the barrel and .2  in the center for this horn.
High registerFMIT
F-10 with RH bis key (the RH ring finger key)
E0
D0
C0
B0
B-flat0
A0
Mid
G11
F1
E0
D0
C0
B0
Throat tones
Bb-9 regular fingering//2 using the side key
A10
G0
F0
E0
Chalemeau0
D0
 C#-6
C0
B-flat1
A0
G-9
F-15
E-3


Lyrique C clarinet

Intonation summary: Professional level for sure. Delightful.


Key work quality: There are a couple of fit and finish issues that I have noted. For instance, the throat tone A key is too stiff. It tends not to open all the way when playing faster passages. I will tweak that. Other than that, the key work seems very  sturdy, and no one is going to move the crow foot linkage hooked on to the F/C key. Note the Ridenour ergonomic register key and the adjustable thumb rest.

This clarinet is most appropriate for: Anyone. I agree with Tom that this would be great for people who play in church orchestras or other worship bands. Also Tom mentions that having a C instrument opens up lots of repertoire which one can borrow from the Baroque and Classic periods.

Sound comparison:
Compare the sound of the Bb clarinet and the C clarinet. The reed and mouthpiece are the same, my Legere and Chedeville combination. 
Most of my readers will not need this information: I play the same thing twice on the Bb. When I play in G on the Bb clarinet, it is actually concert F pitch. When I play in A on the Bb clarinet, the pitch is the same as when I play in G on the C clarinet.  

The sound of the C clarinet is quite pleasing. It has a very ringing, bell-like tone in the high register. (I'm sorry I didn't go high enough to show that in the sound sample.) In the lower registers, it begins to sound a bit like the Eb clarinet, a bit thinner than the Bb. Because of the difference in sound and the fact that it takes some getting used to a significantly smaller clarinet, my thought would be to approach this clarinet almost like doubling on another instrument. Don't expect that you will sound dark on it. I can see why the Bb and A clarinets were chosen over the C for normal playing. But the C clarinet still has a hauntingly beautiful sound for lyric passages, and a happy, plucky sound for faster passage playing. As an example of the later, C clarinets are often used in Klezmer music
I think one of Tom's is in use in the Copenhagen Ravel Bolero flash mob.


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Bb playing in A.mp3
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Bb playing in G.mp3
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Jul 14, 2012, 8:02 PM
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C clarinet playing in G.mp3
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