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.
Types of Contrabass Clarinets
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.
Choosing Contrabass Clarinets (Buying tips)
Brand: To get quality design and construction, choose a contrabass clarinet made by a reputable manufacturer.