New Backun Protege Clarinet
Cocobolo Wood Closeout!
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.
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 center stage. After all the hours spent practicing, you deserve to be there!
Cocobolo Wood Closeout
Cocobolo wood is a beautiful wood with a lighter feel in the hands but a more open tone that is quicker in response when compared to Grenadilla. However, Cocobolo is a very unique looking wood with a lot of variation to it’s cosmetic. As a result, when Backun manufactures a clarinet out of Cocobolo, they make sure that the 2 main body joints are cut from 1 straight piece of wood. This is so that the cosmetic of the body and the grain of the wood lines up and matches.This creates additional cost and manufacturing headache as it also means that if there is a small flaw in 1 of the pieces of wood, BOTH pieces have to be abandoned in manufacturing.
For this reason, Backun has decided that they will no longer offer the Protege clarinet out of Cocobolo wood. They will reserve the Cocobolo wood for the Model F & Custom models moving forward. Knowing this, we bought the entire USA remaining inventory of Cocobolo wood Protege clarinets! Once they are gone, they are gone for good! Get your new clarinet today while supply lasts!
|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, Gold Plated|
|Barrel||Backun “New Traditional” Barrel – 65mm|
|Bell||New Backun Model Bell|
|Mouthpiece||No Mouthpiece or Ligature|
|Case||ProTec / Backun Case|
|Warranty||Backun Warranty & Kessler 1 Year Shop Warranty|
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.
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!