Hand-Crafted Clarinet Barrels

Exceptional Barrels By Rice Clarinet Works
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Testimonials

“…The barrel you made me is really beautiful. It places the clarinet “dead on” in tune. Thank you. As we discussed over the phone the clarinet was impossible to keep in tune; problem solved…”

“One of the three barrels you sent me to try is a clear winner. It is hard to believe the difference this barrel makes in opening up the horn and also focusing the tone. You were right in saying intonation would be more even over the range of the instrument. It has freed up the extreme upper register considerably and gives a more consistent tone from the very bottom to the very top.”

“Your barrel (and bell) improves the intonation of this instrument, which plays as well as any clarinet I have ever owned. It is simply fantastic. The note to note balance is close to impeccable. “

“…Your barrel takes this instrument to an even higher level…”

“…I also really like the barrel. It really does make quite a bit of a difference. The sound color changed somewhat but the big difference is in response!…”

“…I feel that clarinetists should give serious consideration to your handmade barrels as I have found them to rank most favorably in side by side trials with well-established leading competitors…”

“…And I really love the barrel you made. Thank you for suggesting this. It was on my bucket list of things to get, so sooner is better. The intonation is much improved, too. I look forward to breaking it in…”

Hand-Crafted Clarinet Barrels

Trial Policy for Clarinet Barrels

Because of the high standards of manufacture, all of the barrels above are practically identical. However, certain ones will play better with certain instruments. Because of this, your best option is to purchase multiple barrels and keep the best one. I would recommend trying a few wooden and a few Delrin barrels – at least two of each. Simply send back the unwanted ones, and your card will be credited.

Barrels are available for trial for seven days after their arrival. Barrels returned in good condition and postmarked within this trial period will be credited back to your card, minus a 3% restocking fee.

 

Tuning

Rice Clarinet Works Barrels have a smoother, more uniform tuning curve across the scale than a stock barrel. Overall, the notes that were flat with a stock barrel are closer to being in tune, and the sharp upper register notes are brought down. This results in easier tuning with ensembles, and more attention can be given to other areas of your playing.

Clarinet Tuning

“…I am very impressed that the barrel has improved many of the high and low range pitch issues I’ve had with the stock barrel. I’ve also noticed the horn plays more freely and playing action above high C more effortless. All in all, the horn is a pleasure to play with the Delrin barrel…”

“The barrel you chose is a perfect match and really enhances the sound, and intonation is spot on.”

“I noticed that the Rice Clarinet Works Barrel in the 66 length played with a somewhat greater ease and a noticeable louder volume. The Bb at the bridge was slightly improved, a particularly annoying note for me when I’m not playing the alternate better fingering.”