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Kessler Custom Low C Bass Clarinet - Midnight

Kessler Custom Low C Bass Clarinet - Midnight

The Kessler Custom Bass Clarinet is an ABS body with black nickel plated keys, neck and bell. Kessler horns are student-level, but with some features found only on high-end instruments. It's a great starter horn, and one of the very few I can stand behind.

I get this question frequently so I'll answer it here: the black nickel plating is pretty much aesthetic-only. The sound and play-feel of this model is identical to the silver nickel version — it just looks much cooler (in my humble opinion).

I understand that, especially with entry-level horns, cost is a primary concern. Therefore, I offer two different setups for these horns: a) Standard setup, b) Pro-level setup. The Standard setup includes basic playability overview, including key and pad-seating adjustments, and as the title implies, it comes standard with the instrument. The pro-level setup is much more extensive, and includes pad re-seating, tone-hole surfacing as needed, key-height adjustments (for tuning), and spring tension adjustments. If you would like something specific altered, I can accommodate most requests, just let me know in the comment field of your order, or email me in advance to discuss.

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

Note: if you select the Pro setup, there will be a 10-14 day delay on the shipment...because we need to do that setup! Standard setups ship immediately.

Instrument comes with

  • Standard case with hideaway backpack straps
  • Neck strap, shoulder strap (for case), cork grease, warranty card, etc.
  • Note, the instrument does NOT come with a mouthpiece or ligature. However, you can purchase those here in the shop!


Q: Is this the "Second Gen" Kessler? 
A: Yes. In fact it's the Gen 2.1, with the improved heavier-weight neck and (much!) improved case.

Q: What if I'm in New York and want to try it in person?
A: Come on over! Just send me an email so we can set up an appointment time.

Q: Does the instrument come with a warranty?
A: Yes, it comes with the standard 1-year Kessler 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.

Q: If I decide to return it, do also I have to pay return shipping costs?
A: Yes. And you will also want to insure it!

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. With these Kessler instruments in particular, we should discuss a higher-end case than the one that comes with the horn.

Normaler Preis $2,850.00
Normaler Preis Verkaufspreis $2,850.00
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Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
Edward Chung

Everything went real smooth. Payment, shipping and my son is a happy musician. No complaints about the process and instrument is perfect

Vincent Rosa

Simply one of the most wonderful instruments i've had the pleasure to purchase and own. A lot of people love the look but also love the sound of it. This bass clarinet has the sound of an intermediate level, low professional sound for a fraction of the cost.

Abigail Frank

Michael and his tech, Miles, went above and beyond to make sure I am 100% satisfied with my new bass clarinet. I did have to wait almost 3 months (there were a few hiccups along the way), but good things come to those who have patience and have these incredibly good people helping them out. Kudos!

William Lee

Now dubbed, "The Beast– by bandmates, this clarinet has even impressed the guitar players. A fabulous addition to any one-man horn section.

Shawn McCollum

I was initially nervous about ordering an instrument online, but my son needed a better bass clarinet for a (then) rapidly approaching performance. Mike was super helpful and the instrument (Kessler Midnight) got here quickly. A slight adjustment for something that shifted during shipping (and I mean a minor, minor tweak) and we are good to go. Our local wind ensemble directors had never heard of Kessler but after hearing the instrument, they are planning to recommend Earspasm to all of their students who are interested in bass clarinet.