Barre / Jean Barre

Thanks to Jeanette Collins for letting me review this plastic Jean Barre. 


Some of the wooden Jean Barre clarinets are very good, so I was very interested to see this. Unfortunately, this plastic Jean Barre doesn't come up to the level of the best wooden instruments in intonation.


Serial  #E6554 or it could be E6334. This has a batch mark of 2 over V. Ah, Mr. Victoire, we meet again!

Barrel:  63.7mm

Bore LH joint top:  14.6mm

Bore LH joint at bottom:  14.8mm  This seems to be wrong-way poly-cylindrical!

Jean Barre plastic


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 1.6mm  at the barrel and 1.2mm  at the center tenon. And I am using my Prime mouthpiece, not the Barre mouthpiece.


High register


Android n-Track


F

-9


E

-3


D

0


C

0


B

0


B-flat

2


A

0

Mid




G

0


F

0


E

0


D

11


C

0


B

-3

Throat tones




Bb

0


A

0


G

-3


F

-2


E

-7

Chalumeau




D

0


C

-1


B-flat

7


A

20


G

20


F

0


E

-3


Intonation summary: Good intermediate intonation. The main terrible fault is the low Bb to G.


Key work quality: Excellent. This has those lovely, comfortable, wide rings that are typical for this maker.


This clarinet is most appropriate for: Beginning players. This is plastic and not hard rubber. The plastic is of the older Bundy era type, so a bit hollow sounding.


Condition issues noted: none




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