Kessler Custom Artist Series Low C Bass Clarinet
2nd Generation Design | Synthetic Body | Improved Keywork
As a business, we have always sought to provide excellent quality instruments at affordable prices. Many times though the music industry as a whole does not offer instruments that are both affordable and high quality for the customer’s needs. Our Kessler Custom Low C Bass Clarinet was one of the most popular products in our line as a result of this philosophy. However, while we loved that instrument, there were several things that we felt could be done better on it. So in 2016, the decision was made to improve this product to fix those items that were “OK for the price” with an instrument that was all around excellent. That instrument is our new 2nd Generation Kessler Custom Artist Series Low C Bass Clarinet!
2nd Generation – Artist Series Low C Bass Clarinet
Our Artist Series Low C Bass Clarinet maintains all of the positive elements of the 1st generation design and improves upon them. The improvements made were to the mechanism, lower note intonation stability, body material, and case. Furthermore, this improvement in design was done by focussing on a 1 factory sourcing. Our previous instrument used parts supplied through 2 different factories.
By sourcing all parts through 1 factory, our new 2nd Generation Artist Series Low C Bass Clarinet is able to see a price reduction compared to the 1st gen model! While most companies would simply pocket the savings, our goal is to provide the customer with the best value always, so when we save, we pass those savings on!
But how does it REALLY play?!
Check out the review done by Michael Lowenstern (@Earspasm). Michael is known for his fantastically in depth bass clarinet reviews and we were finally able to send him one of our 2nd Gen Low C Bass Clarinet models for him to review. He even does a blind side by side comparison of it up against his Selmer Paris Privilege Low C Bass Clarinet (he has the cool one with all the black metal finish too)… you might be shocked at what you hear!! Take a look & listen:
Michael was not compensated for this review and received no personal gain for it. He does his reviews because he loves to do it! We did not have any input in to his review and saw it for the first time when it was posted live on YouTube. A big thanks to Michael for taking the time to do the review! Go check out his website at:
Mouthpiece, Ligature & Case Add-On Options
Our low C bass clarinet does not include a mouthpiece with it (since most people buying a bass clarinet already have a mouthpiece). However, if you do not have one, or perhaps you want to upgrade your setup, take advantage of our discounted mouthpiece options. Generally, we recommend looking at something with a slightly larger tip opening on a low C bass clarinet since the body tube is much longer than an standard low Eb bass clarinet. We offer options from Clark Fobes, our own Kessler Custom, Vandoren, Selmer Paris & Backun!
If there is a mouthpiece that you are interested in that is not listed here, please feel free to send Dave Kessler and email and he will be able to help you out.
Mouthpiece Add-On Options (pricing valid ONLY with purchase of bass clarinet)
- Fobes Debut: $40.00
- K.Custom: $110.00
- Vandoren B45: $130.00
- Vandoren B50: $130.00
- Vandoren Black Diamond: $140.00
- Selmer Paris Concept: $225.00
- Backun MoBa Bass Plus: $295.00
- Backun CG Crystal: $295.00
Ligature Add-On Options
If you get one of our mouthpiece upgrades, a traditional ligature and cap will be included by default that is designed to fit your chosen mouthpiece. However, why not upgrade that too?! Your ligature has a huge impact on the tonal presence and overall response of your new instrument setup, and especially on the extended length of the Low C bass clarinet, can make an unbelievable impact!
For performance ligatures, we recommend either a Rovner Versa or Vandoren Optimum ligature to your new mouthpiece setup on our low C bass clarinet to achieve the best performance possible! Of course, if there is a ligature that you want that is not listed (a Silverstein for example), please feel free to send Dave Kessler and email and he will be able to help you out!
Ligature Add-On Options (pricing valid ONLY with purchase of bass clarinet)
- Rovner Versa Ligature: $45.00
- Vandoren Optimum Ligature: $65.00
BAM Case Upgrade
Our new low C bass clarinet has an upgraded case that is an upgrade from the original model. However, if you want the best case in terms of fit, portability & protection, we recommend the BAM France Trekking case for low C bass clarinet. This case fits our instrument perfectly and offers the most superior protection available on a low C bass clarinet’s sensitive keywork. Take advantage of a generous discount when you bundle the BAM case with our low C bass clarinet at the time of purchase!
The cost for this upgrade is $450.00 – While this is not “cheap”, it is the BEST protection you can get in a case for your new bass clarinet. It is well worth the investment. The bass clarinet would ship inside of the BAM case; you would not receive 2 cases.
Of course, BAM makes other models but they are all more expensive. However, if there is a specific BAM model that you are interested in bundling with our Low C Bass Clarinet, please feel free to send Dave Kessler and email and he will build a custom quote just for your needs!
Body Material – 2nd Gen Model
Our new 2nd Generation Artist Series Low C Bass Clarinet saw a major change in the material used for the body. The first generation model used Hard Rubber as it was a low cost way to provide a richer tone like wood, but also provide stability. However, hard rubber still has a good weight to it and can also develop a sulfuric smell over time.
Our 2nd Generation model instead uses a lighter weight synthetic. In addition to the decreased weight (which is very helpful on this large of an instrument), this synthetic provides excellent stability and great tonality! The lighter weight material improves overall response throughout the instrument and provides exceptional tonal balance throughout the registers.
The body design of our bass clarinet is patterned mainly after a Japanese bore concept. This gives the instrument stable intonation and even performance. Our 2nd Generation design further improved on the overall pitch throughout the instrument’s full range over the 1st Generation design.
Key & Neck Design
Unlike the body design, our low C bass clarinet gets its keywork and neck bore design from a French concept. The French neck concept provides for a richer tone and the keywork offers what we believe to be better overall feel. The keywork on the 2nd Gen model provides even better feel & stability over the 1st Generation design. Equipped with a double register mechanism, as well as right-hand thumb D, Db & C keys as well as left hand Eb and D levers (with a significant mechanical improvement on the left hand low D lever over the 1st Gen model), our new Low C Bass Clarinet is an unrivaled value!
Every Kessler Custom low C bass clarinet we send out to a customer is not released from us unless it has been completely setup in our shop first. This is because the setup on any low C bass clarinet is of the utmost importance! 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 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 low C bass clarinet setup flawlessly!
Please note that we are currently only offering our Low C Bass Clarinet for shipments inside of the USA or Canada. We are not offering any other international shipping options at this time for this instrument.
Special Note About Alignment
Rotational alignment of your bass clarinet is critical with double register mechanisms such as what is used on our bass. For this reason, we do “scratch” in to the center joint an alignment mark in to the instrument at the back of the clarinet, near the strap ring (not shown in the photos). This mark is intentional and is there to use as an alignment guide for customers to properly assemble their instrument. While this is not the most eloquent of solutions, it is the current solution employed. We will be working on a mechanical solution in the future to prevent the need for this mark, but when that feature is finalized, a corresponding price increase on the instrument will follow.
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