All of our historical clarinets and chalumeaux are made of boxwood with the exception of the chalumeau in F which is made of maple.
For these fore runners and a ralle e runners of the clarinet the music comes from the 1st half of the 18th century. Just as existed in Renaissance instruments, there is a complete range of pitches, of which we are making copies. We make these instruments in a=415 (original) but also in a=440 which is often requested.
- chalumeau in f1 (no historical precedent)
- chalumeau in c1, copy after Liebav
- chalumeau in f, copy from J.C. Denner original
- chalumeau in C (used to exist, but there is no surviving example, we made it based on the Denner chalumeau)
- chalumeau in F, the bass chalumeau, after Kress, with a bent bore. With 5 keys, to low B-flat as on the bassoon
Sound samples chalumeaux
sound samples of our chalumeaux are available at the homepage of Christian Leitherer
www.leitherer.de (you have to click on "Diskographie")
(Figures not true to scale!)
Our D clarinet is copied from the famous 2-key Denner. The sound of the baroque clarinet is direct and full, as opposed to the classical clarinet. We also make a C clarinet in the style of the D clarinet.
From the many instruments which have been handed down, we chose those which seemed especially good in tuning, ease of speaking and sound:
- C Clarinet after Hartlaub, with 5 keys
- 5-key, four piece, classical clarinet after Eisenbrandt. It is from before 1800 and has the typical long joint with the bell attached. We make these as B-flat and as A instruments
- as an instrument for classical as well as early romantic music, we chose a pair of H. Grenser instruments in B-flat and A, with 9 keys.
For the A clarinet as well as the B-flat, we make a bassett lower joint, with 7 keys, for a full chromatic scale, that can be interchanged with the lower joint of the clarinet.
- We have chosen two models for bassett horn: the 8-key after Lotz, Vienna and an instrument after Jehring with 16 keys, (chromatic bassett horn)
- We make bass clarinets on special order: abass clarinet in bassoon shape after H. Grenser.
For this we chose models after Ottensteiner, Munich. These instruments are made of stained boxwood, with keywork like the normal German 4 ring style, or copies of the Mühlfeld clarinet. We make these instruments in B-flat, A and also C.
On special order we can make, for example:
- clarinet d'amour in G and F from about 1760.