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The World's Best Bass Clarinet Swab

The World's Best Bass Clarinet Swab

Bass Clarinet swabs. I think I've tried them all. Silk bass clarinet swabs are way too thin for my liking, and require I pull the swab through the instrument a million times before it looks like it's dry. I've seen (and bought, unfortunately) cotton clarinet and bass clarinet swabs that are just a joke. I've used really nice chamois and microfiber swabs, and they're insanely expensive. I've seen students work with socks attached to shoelaces. No I'm not kidding. As they say in TV infomercials, "There's got to be a better way!"


"Okay," I said to myself. Or rather, I said to myself, "I'll buy the materials and pay my 18 year old daughter who is amazing with a sewing machine to do this." Yes, child labor made these swabs—but they're impeccably sewn (she's really good) by hand. (Well, by hand and machine.)

And, let's talk about the weight for a second. How many of you have seen bass clarinet swabs where the swab was half-way decent, but the pull-weight was too light for the swab, so it just pulled back out the top of the instrument when you let go? I bet a few of you.

So we made this swab with a fantastically soft, thick, absorbent, custom-made Korean microfiber that's 12" x 16" (30cm x 40cm), ruggedly sewn to a thick, 4-foot (1.25m) lace tube — it fits through the entire instrument without taking it apart! — inside which is a 2" (5cm) stainless steel weight.

You will love this swab. I swear.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 25 reviews
Robert Carew
Bass Clarinet Swab

This bass clarinet swab certainly lives up to it's name. I also purchased the clarinet swab and mouthpiece cloth both, also great. They dried the bore in one go and pulled through easily. They are the best swabs I have ever used including ones I have made myself.

David Marchus
I think that it really is the best!

As a swab I agree that this probably is the best swab in the world - I have not tried every swab so I can't really say that it is but it is definitely the best that I have ever used. It would be even better if the cord was at least 4 inches longer. It is not quite long enough to easily use on my Royal bass clarinet without taking it completely apart.

Kevin Strauss
World's Best Bass Clarinet Swab

Wipes up the competition!

Daniel Yearick
It IS the world’s best.

Perfect size to do a thorough job (usually in one pass), dries quickly. Sturdy. Should last a long time. I’d like a smaller one for neck and mouthpiece.

Paul Klazek

A very good swab for both bass clarinets and bassoons.