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This site features:
Clarinet model reviews
in the left column are organized by the material they are made of. ‘Vintage’ and ‘Older’ categories refer to clarinets manufactured before 1980.

Recommendations about clarinet STUFFincluding mouthpieces, reeds, ligatures, barrels, oiling keys/wood, etc.

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Who started this site and the forum? 
nom de clarinet: Phil Pedler.     See: Who's Phil?— really.
This site includes a lot of my opinions. Not all teachers will agree with me! I am trying to give good, safe advice. If you want to set me straight on something, please JOIN the forum. 

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The ORIGINAL site was started 15 February 2008 at (now That site is now closed. was started on 13 Jan 2010.
Footnote: This info from Bob Sparkman about one of the pictures in the slideshow: 
Just wanted to comment on the Woody Allen  photo: That's John Bucher on trumpet, Barbara Driewitz on tuba, and Carmen Mastren on banjo! I used to sub for Woody when he was  out of town.  Must be Michael's Pub. Just discovered your great web site. Thanks very much and best regards.

Barrie Marshall whose picture with his trio is at the top of this site sent me this link of his band playing. Barrie and his groups are located in Lancaster, in the county of Lancashire, North West England
The Sun Street Stompers are pictured below in front of the pub where they play on Sundays. Barrie is holding his Selmer clarinet.

The poem above is from the December 2, 1939 Collier's Magazine. (5 cents per copy!)