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Backun Model Q Bb/A Clarinet - Grenadilla

Backun Model Q Bb/A Clarinet - Grenadilla

The Model Q is the "Buffet Prestige" of Backun's line. He'd probably shoot me for writing that, but it's kind of true: it has a familiar French feel, albeit with many of the features we've come to know and love about Backun instruments: the in-line trill keys (no more water in your Eb, thank you!) precision-cut tone-holes (so pads seal perfectly).

Now, this is the Second Generation Model Q, which means a few things are different/improved. Specifically, Morrie has completely redesigned the bore based around the Lumiére model, and now includes a Lumiére Bell and Lumiére Barrels. This second-gen instrument also features upgraded black leather pads and a left-hand pinky Eb/Ab key.

Resistance: 6/10, Medium

Playing the Model Q feels similar to the Buffet R13: middle-of-the-road in most respects. It's got a medium amount of resistance—though a bit more than the R13—which means you will have a balance of tonal flexibility and center to the sound that holds its core.

In general, more resistance in a clarinet design usually keeps the louder dynamic ranges from spreading; the clarinet "holds its core" and focus, but will provide a smaller dynamic range (on both ends, loud and soft) and smaller color palette. A less resistant clarinet typically provides a much wider tonal palette to choose from, but will require more control from the player to control pitch and sound consistency.

When listening for how a clarinet responds to added air pressure and embouchure control, listen to the Weber example (wide dynamic range and color range), then the Berlioz excerpt (wide dynamic range, but narrow color range), and finally the Gershwin excerpt (narrow dynamic range and narrow color range). You will hear how these clarinets respond — for better or worse! — to my input as a clarinet player.

Then compare the Model Q with the Buffet R13, the Buffet Festival, the Royal Firebird, and Uebel Rêve. The Buffet 13 really is the baseline here — it's so middle of the road, it's riding the white line. The Royal is very similar, and the Rêve is a Medium-Light resistance. When listening to the sound examples of all four, listen for the dynamic variations, especially with the extremes in the Berlioz and Gershwin.

All earspasm instruments come with a 7-day trial. Please read my trial policy before pulling out that credit card.

Comes with

  • 65mm and 66mm Lumière barrels
  • Lumière bell with voicing groove
  • Custom BAM Trekking Case
  • Polishing cloth
  • Swab and Cork Grease

FAQ:

Q: What if I'm in New York and want to try it in person?
A: Contact me to set up an appointment, and let's do it!

Q: Does the instrument come with a warranty?
A: Yes, it comes with the standard Backun warranty. If you ever have any problem with the instrument, I'm your quarterback. I'll take care of the whole process, just let me know you need help, and I'll take it from there.

Q: What happens if it's damaged during shipping?
A: Inspect the package before you sign off at delivery! If there are any issues resulting from shipping, we have taken out an insurance policy to cover damage (and loss). But we need you to document this damage or we can't do anything to help. Please read my trial policy for how to handle this issue, should it arise.

Q: If I decide to return it, do have to pay return shipping costs?
A: Not if you live in the Continental US! Because I want you to find the right instrument for you, and doing so online is harder than doing so in-person, I will cover the return shipping. Please read my trial policy for trial and return rules.

Q: Do you ship internationally?
A: Yes. You can add your shipping address when checking out to see what the shipping costs will be before taking the plunge. Note that VAT and Customs Duties are not included in this cost.


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Mid-Pro Model Clarinet Comparison

Selmer

Présence

Buffet

R13

Royal

Polaris

Backun

Model Q

Uebel

Rêve

Body Material

Grenadilla

Grenadilla
Mopane

Grenadilla

Grenadilla
Cocobolo

Grenadilla
Mopane

Key Material

Silver

Silver

Silver

Silver

Silver

Post Material

Silver

Silver

Gold

Silver

Gold

Silver

Included Accessories

Mouthpiece, Ligature, Swab, Cork Grease

Ligature, Swab, Cork Grease

Swab, Cork Grease

Mouthpiece, Swab, Cork Grease

Mouthpiece, Swab, Cork Grease

Barrel(s)

66.5mm

65mm

65mm, 66mm

65mm, 66mm

64mm, 65mm

Warranty (wood)

2 years

2 years

3 years

2 years

5 years

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Selmer

Présence

Body Material

Grenadilla

Key Material

Silver

Post Material

Silver

Included Accessories

Mouthpiece, Ligature, Swab, Cork Grease

Barrel(s)

66.5mm

Warranty (wood)

2 years

Buffet

R13

Body Material

Grenadilla
Mopane

Key Material

Silver

Post Material

Silver

Included Accessories

Ligature, Swab, Cork Grease

Barrel(s)

65mm

Warranty (wood)

2 years

Royal

Polaris

Body Material

Grenadilla

Key Material

Silver

Post Material

Gold

Included Accessories

Swab, Cork Grease

Barrel(s)

65mm, 66mm

Warranty (wood)

3 years

Backun

Model Q

Body Material

Grenadilla
Cocobolo

Key Material

Silver

Post Material

Silver

Gold

Included Accessories

Mouthpiece, Swab, Cork Grease

Barrel(s)

65mm, 66mm

Warranty (wood)

2 years

Uebel

Rêve

Body Material

Grenadilla
Mopane

Key Material

Silver

Post Material

Silver

Included Accessories

Mouthpiece, Swab, Cork Grease

Barrel(s)

64mm, 65mm

Warranty (wood)

5 years

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