Backun Protege Clarinet – Cocobolo Wood
Now With New Traditional Barrel & Backun Model Bell
An affordable professional instrument, the Backun Protege Clarinet is the next logical step between student and Artist model clarinets. With its uncompromising tone, impeccable intonation and a unique acoustical design, the Backun Protege redefines what an aspiring player needs in a clarinet.
New Traditional Barrel & Backun Model Bell
As of 2016, all Backun Protege clarinets have been upgraded to include a “New Traditional” model barrel and an upgraded Backun model bell. This upgrade brings an immense amount of tonal depth and enhanced performance to the Backun Protege Clarinet!
Crafted from the same high-quality woods and materials as Backun and MoBa Artist Clarinets, the Backun Protege Clarinet will help you secure your place on centre stage. After all the hours spent practicing, you deserve to be there!
FREE Kessler Custom by Backun Mouthpiece!
Here at KesslerMusic, we believe in always providing our customers MORE for their money. We offer our “Kessler Custom by Backun” products (barrels and mouthpieces for clarinet) as a great example of this as they provide the same quality, workmanship and performance of Backun’s top tier equipment, but at a more affordable price.
The Backun Protégé Clarinet is a wonderful instrument, but we feel that it can be even better by adding on a professional mouthpiece! Many customers buying this level of clarinet do not already own a great mouthpiece so we go ahead and give you one with your new Backun Protégé clarinet at no additional charge!
- FREE Kessler Custom by Backun Clarinet Mouthpiece
Based on the same core design as the MoBa models – Your choice of Model II (1.06mm tip) or Model III (1.16mm tip)
-read more about the mouthpiece here-
Silver vs Gold Keys
They key plating on a clarinet is something of a point of contention for some players. Some players will express that the gold plated keys will impact the sound of the clarinet whereas there are plenty that will disagree. In the end, it is a matter of personal preference. We simply recommend getting the setup that you prefer the looks of, regardless of any perceived or real performance difference that may or may not exist. So if you like the LOOK of Gold Keys (which they do look great against the Cocobolo wood), then go for it.
The Backun Protege Clarinet is available in 2 different woods: Grenadilla & Cocobolo. There are many differing opinions on which is best and even differing opinions on what the wood does to the sound. So here are the personal opinions of Dave Kessler in regards to these woods:
Grenadilla is the same wood that most clarinets are made out of. Backun uses a premium quality, unstained Grenadilla for the Backun Protege clarinet. I find that the Grenadilla will produce a more tonally centered and deeper tone that the audience will hear as darker and richer. Personally, I always prefer the way that customers sound on the Grenadilla as I listen to them. However, the effect of the wood “behind” the clarinet will make the player perceive the Grenadilla as a bit brighter and more focused than the Cocobolo wood.
Cocobolo is a very dense wood and like the Grenadilla, Backun uses a premium quality, unstained Cocobolo for the Backun Protege clarinet. I find that the Cocobolo gives a broader and sweeter tone that is more open that the audience will hear as brighter and lighter. However, the player “behind” the clarinet will generally perceive the Cocobolo as the richer of the two because they are “hearing more” from the clarinet than they do with the Grenadilla.
|Bore||Backun Bore w/Under-Cut Toneholes|
|Material||Premium, Ethically Harvested Cocobolo Wood – body joints cut from the same piece!|
|Pads||Custom Black Valentino|
|Key Style||Backun Design, Silver or Gold Plated|
|Optional Mechanism||Optional Left Hand Eb/Ab Lever|
|Barrel||Backun “New Traditional” Barrel – 65mm|
|Bell||New Backun Model Bell|
|Mouthpiece||Exclusive Kessler Custom by Backun Mouthpiece (excludes Demo models)|
|Case||ProTec / Backun Case|
|Warranty||Backun Warranty & Kessler 1 Year Shop Warranty|
Every Backun Protege clarinet we send out to a customer is not released from us unless it has been completely setup in our shop first. Sometimes, a clarinet (regardless of who the manufacturer or the price point is) comes in needing 20 minutes of adjustments and then the very next one can require 2 hours!
This is why we perform our setup (in our www.ClarinetRepairs.com ProShop) on your new Backun Protege clarinet before delivering it to you. You trust us with your purchase and we want to make sure that you are rewarded by giving you your new Protege clarinet setup flawlessly!
24 Month Same As Cash Financing!
Purchase your new Backun Protege Clarinet from Kessler & Sons Music using First Mutual Finance and receive special 24 Month Same As Cash financing!
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24 Month Same As Cash Option Available on New Instrument at Advertised Price Only. Full details on financing page.
Does not apply towards Store Used Demos or Used Instruments. Demos and Used models can still be financed under standard terms.