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Guide to Contrabass Clarinets

Contrabass Clarinet : What is it?

Contrabass Clarinets

The contrabass clarinet is the largest and the lowest-pitched member of the clarinet family still in regular production. It is pitched in the key of B-flat, two octaves lower than the standard soprano clarinet. It is built with only a single trill key used by the right hand. The contrabass clarinet is relatively rare musical instrument.

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Types of Contrabass Clarinets

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Kinds of Contrabass Clarinets include the following:

Standard contrabass clarinet

  • The standard contrabass clarinet is pitched in the key of B-flat.
  • It has a range that extends to low E.
  • Some standard contrabass clarinets can play down to low D or even further to low C.
C contrabass clarinet

  • The contrabass clarinet pitched in the key of C was made in the early years of the instrument.
  • It is rarely found now, as it is no longer in production.

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Choosing Contrabass Clarinets (Buying tips)

Brand:  To get quality design and construction, choose a contrabass clarinet made by a reputable manufacturer.

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