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Uebel Zenit Bb/A Clarinet - Mopane with Gold Keys

Uebel Zenit Bb/A Clarinet - Mopane with Gold Keys

The Zenit is the top-of-the-line. A gor-ge-ous, fluid sound that just wraps around you. (I was going to say, "like a nice bourbon" but there are probably some kids reading. Kids, ignore this parenthetical statement.) Butter.

The Mopane version of the Zenit crushed my expectations. I could easily hear this instrument in a concerto setting, but I could also see it equally comfortable in a jazz or klezmer setting (which is why Giora Feidman plays it)—or just about anything else. It's never edgy, and with the four barrels that come with the A clarinet (the Bb has only two), you can really tune your tone to the needs of the moment. I love this instrument.

Resistance: 3/10, Light

The Zenit has a lighter and more free-blowing feel compared to most of the clarinets I carry. It is designed to offer a sense of openness and flexibility in sound production, allowing for easier airflow and a responsive playing experience.

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.

Details

The details are evident everywhere: the inlay, the metal filigree on the tenon rings...and the CASE. Yes, this, too, comes with the leather case cover by an Italian fashion company that rhymes with "Nada." Inside that leather cover is a cute pochette case. The A clarinet comes in a double case has both the cover, and a larger pochette.

Note, the A clarinet can also be used with the Basset Clarinet extension. Just remove the bottom joint, attach the extension, and you've got a Basset Clarinet! What is a Basset Clarinet? If you don't know, you probably don't need one, but in short, it's an A clarinet that goes down to low C. This is what Mozart originally wrote his Clarinet Concerto for. Pretty cool, huh?

The Uebel warranty provides two years bumper-to-bumper, and an industry-leading five years against cracking and other wood-related issues.

This instrument comes with

  • Clarinet case
  • Vandoren B45 mouthpiece
  • Four barrels (65mm, 66mm), two each of the standard and reverse taper
  • Swab, shoulder strap (for case), cork grease, warranty card, etc.

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

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 Uebel 5-year warranty against cracks, and 2 years for mechanical issues. 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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Pro Model Clarinet Comparison

Backun

Lumiére

Buffet

Légende

Buffet

Festival

Royal

Firebird

Selmer

Signature

Body Material

Grenadilla

Cocobolo

Grenadilla

Grenadilla

Grenadilla

Grenadilla

Key Material

Silver

Gold

Silver

Silver

Silver

Silver

Post Material

Silver

Gold

Silver

Silver

Gold

Silver

Included Accessories

Swab, Cork Grease

Ligature, Swab, Cork Grease

Ligature, Swab, Cork Grease

Swab, Cork Grease

Mouthpiece, Ligature, Swab, Cork Grease

Barrel(s)

65mm, 66mm

65mm, 66mm

65mm, 66mm

65mm, 66mm

62.5mm, 64.5mm

Warranty (wood)

2 years

2 years

2 years

3 years

2 years

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Backun

Lumiére

Body Material

Grenadilla

Cocobolo

Key Material

Silver

Gold

Post Material

Silver

Gold

Included Accessories

Swab, Cork Grease

Barrel(s)

65mm, 66mm

Warranty (wood)

2 years

Buffet

Légende

Body Material

Grenadilla

Key Material

Silver

Post Material

Silver

Included Accessories

Ligature, Swab, Cork Grease

Barrel(s)

65mm, 66mm

Warranty (wood)

2 years

Buffet

Festival

Body Material

Grenadilla

Key Material

Silver

Post Material

Silver

Included Accessories

Ligature, Swab, Cork Grease

Barrel(s)

65mm, 66mm

Warranty (wood)

2 years

Royal

Firebird

Body Material

Grenadilla

Key Material

Silver

Post Material

Gold

Included Accessories

Swab, Cork Grease

Barrel(s)

65mm, 66mm

Warranty (wood)

3 years

Selmer

Signature

Body Material

Grenadilla

Key Material

Silver

Post Material

Silver

Included Accessories

Mouthpiece, Ligature, Swab, Cork Grease

Barrel(s)

62.5mm, 64.5mm

Warranty (wood)

2 years

Pro Model Clarinet Comparison (continued)

Selmer

Privilege

Selmer

Muse

Uebel

Superior

Uebel

Zenit

Body Material

Grenadilla

Grenadilla

Grenadilla

Grenadilla

Mopane

Key Material

Silver

Silver

Silver

Silver

Gold

Post Material

Silver

Silver

Silver

Silver

Gold

Included Accessories

Mouthpiece, Ligature, Swab, Cork Grease

Mouthpiece, Ligature, Swab, Cork Grease

Mouthpiece, Ligature, Swab, Cork Grease

Mouthpiece, Ligature, Swab, Cork Grease

Barrel(s)

65.5mm, 66.5mm

64mm, 65mm

65mm, 66mm

65mm (x2), 66mm (x2)

Warranty (wood)

2 years

2 years

5 years

5 years

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Selmer

Privilege

Body Material

Grenadilla

Key Material

Silver

Post Material

Silver

Included Accessories

Mouthpiece, Ligature, Swab, Cork Grease

Barrel(s)

65.5mm, 66.5mm

Warranty (wood)

2 years

Selmer

Muse

Body Material

Grenadilla

Key Material

Silver

Post Material

Silver

Included Accessories

Mouthpiece, Ligature, Swab, Cork Grease

Barrel(s)

64mm, 65mm

Warranty (wood)

2 years

Uebel

Superior

Body Material

Grenadilla

Key Material

Silver

Post Material

Silver

Included Accessories

Mouthpiece, Ligature, Swab, Cork Grease

Barrel(s)

65mm, 66mm

Warranty (wood)

5 years

Uebel

Zenit

Body Material

Grenadilla

Mopane

Key Material

Silver

Gold

Post Material

Silver

Gold

Included Accessories

Mouthpiece, Ligature, Swab, Cork Grease

Barrel(s)

65mm (x2), 66mm (x2)

Warranty (wood)

5 years

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David Blumberg

A Clarinet student of mine bought his Bass Clarinet from Mike/Earspasm and his experience was exceptional! Great customer service and the instrument is spectacular. Mike is a wonderful Clarinetist first and foremost, and he knows the instrument inside out. You are going to get a really great Clarinet purchasing from Mike/Earspasm. I recommend without hesitation!

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