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!
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!
Our 1st Generation design used a generic case that was not a great fit for the instrument. It allowed for too much “wiggle & shift” to the instrument in the case. In some scenarios, this can lead to damage to the keywork. The 2nd Generation Low C Bass Clarinet features a newer case design that is a much better fit to the joints of the instrument. The new case also integrates backpack straps that allow for easier portability of our Low C bass clarinet. This case will also be available for purchase as well for customers in need of a case for their 1st Generation model.
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!
Financing Available – Payments As Low As $45.47 per month!!
Example payment of $45.47 is for a financed amount of $1,999.00 over 60 months with standard 12.99% APR. Subject to approval by First Mutual Finance.