I believe that I have read somewhere that the Strasser was the lowest level of the SML clarinets. I think this one is somewhat lower quality keywork than I have seen with the very top models of SML clarinets, but you can't get better intonation than this. This is another **Phil's Favorite**.
See the related King Strasser here.
Many thanks to Paul Phillips who gave me this clarinet and provided the opportunity to review it.
Bore LH joint top: 14.8mm
Bore LH joint at bottom: 14.5mm
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 0 mm at the barrel and 0 mm at the center tenon. I had to use a 64.3 Ridenour barrel to be in tune. So this test is not with the original barrel.
Intonation summary: This is professional level poly-cylindrical intonation.
Key work quality: This is good intermediate key work. I noticed things I didn’t like about the fit and finish that made it more difficult to seat pads.
This clarinet is most appropriate for: Anyone, beginner to professional.
Condition issues noted: none. Wonderful reddish wood. The reddish wood for everything except the bell is very, very dense.