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Covered holes make this clarinet especially easy to play. Unique NO SQUEAK!A great benefit to younger players or those with small hands.A new beginning for those who already play but have hand or finger problems.
Covered holes make this clarinet especially easy to play. Unique NO SQUEAK!A great benefit to younger players or those with small hands.A new beginning for those who already play but have hand or finger problems.
Hanson

Hanson NO SQUEAK Plateau Bb Clarinet

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Hanson NO SQUEAK Plateau Bb Clarinet Information

Brand : Hanson

Code : HCLP

Our fantastic and unique 'no squeak' clarinet!

The great thing about covered hole clarinets is that they are much easier to play. On a 'normal' clarinet the main six finger holes need to be perfectly covered by the players fingers for the notes to speak properly. This is very difficult for youngsters and beginners to do and the main reason why beginners squeak so much!

The picture below highlights the difference. Notice how the clarinet on the left has silver covers on the holes. The player has only to press the cover to get the note.

A covered hole clarinet is a HUGE help for players with small hands or with finger problems such as arthritis but it is also recommended for any player who wants a clarinet which is easier to play, to spend more time playig the clarinet and less time squeaking!

plateau clarinet vs standard clarinet

  • Easier to play in the lower register.
  • Easier to play in the upper register.
  • MUCH easier to 'cross the break' (moving across the registers).
  • Great full tone from our unique tone hole design.

Supplied either as a one piece instrument; assembled and ready to unzip the case, take out and play, or, in traditional format assembled by the player.

One piece instruments come in a Ritter case.
Traditional self assembly instruments come with a Jakob Winter case.


We highly recommend the pre assembled option with a Ritter case as this means the clarinet is stored in one piece - no putting together required! This is a huge benefit for younger players - just open the case and the clarinet is ready to play! Yippee!

If you prefer the traditional option of the clarinet in sections it is important to note that great care is needed putting together and taking apart as the balance of the centre linkage is much more crititcal on a covered hole clarinet than a normal instrument.

The one piece ready assembled instrument needs no alignment at the centre joint and this is in our opinion a big benefit. Ask any clarinet repairer what the most common problem they see is and they will reply that it's bent keys at the centre and on the "crow's foot", both of which can happen (and do, a lot!) when the the clarinet is being assembled and dissembled.
That said, many of our customers have asked us for a traditional style case so due to popular demand we are giving you the choice. Just pop a note in the order notes which you prefer. If you don't specify we will contact you to confirm.

Technical Information
  • Bb clarinet with covered hole keywork system.
  • Body made from ebonite.  Guaranteed against cracking.
  • Silver plated keywork.
  • Italian Leather pads.
  • 5 Years Warranty
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Professional Opinion

 

What a fantastic instrument!  

Every teacher or professional player that has visited our workshops and tried this new clarinet has been suprised and impressed.   Everyone expects a clarinet with covered holes to be stuffy to play or to sound funny, but no...  it plays and sounds like an standard open hole clarinet, just easier to play and as the name says: no squeaks!

The secret is in the clever design of the tone holes under the keywork - unseen and unnoticed by the player there is a very special tone hole design and this facilitates a rich and full tone just like and instrument with open holes.  If only every youngster started on one of these life in the class room and during practice at home would be much improved for all!

The covered hole clarinet is equally relevant to players with finger or hand problems such as arthritis.  It's a revelation in ease of playing.

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