Kessler Custom Artist Series Low Eb Bass Clarinet
2nd Generation Design | Synthetic Body | Improved Keywork
The Kessler Custom Artist Series Bass Clarinet offers customers a performance level bass clarinet at a student level price. Originally only available with extended keywork down to Low C, we have expanded this model family to also include a traditional Low Eb model. Utilizing the same design as our Low C model, the Low Eb bass clarinet features the same professional bore design, modern keywork, tunable neck and most importantly, double register mechanism!
2nd Generation – Artist Series Bass Clarinet
Our Artist Series Bass Clarinets offer exceptional intonation, ergonomics, build quality and performance features. Both the Low Eb and Low C models feature the same neck, upper joint and bell design. The only difference is in the lower joint with the Low C model featuring the extended keywork. However, many customers do not have the need for a Low C but do still want all of the other professional performance options.
Mouthpiece, Ligature & Case Add-On Options
Our 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. 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: $45.00
- K.Custom: $115.00
- Vandoren B45: $135.00
- Vandoren B50: $135.00
- Vandoren Black Diamond: $145.00
- Selmer Paris Focus (smaller): $235.00
- Selmer Paris Concept (larger): $235.00
- Backun MoBa Bass Plus: $300.00
- Backun CG Crystal: $300.00
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.
For performance ligatures, we recommend either a Rovner Versa or Vandoren Optimum ligature to your new mouthpiece setup on our 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 bass clarinet includes a very standard style hard case. However, if you want the best case in terms of fit, portability & protection, we recommend the BAM France Trekking Case. This case fits our instrument exceptionally well and offers the most superior protection available for the bass clarinet’s sensitive keywork. Take advantage of a generous discount when you bundle the BAM case with bass clarinet at the time of purchase!
- BAM Trekking: $375.00 Upgrade (normally $473) – click here to view –
But how does it REALLY play?!
Check out the review done by Michael Lowenstern (@Earspasm) on our Low C model. Our Low Eb model uses the same acoustic design setup as the Low C, so while this review is on our Low C model, the overall review should serve well in evaluating our Low Eb model.
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:
Body Material – 2nd Gen Model
Our new 2nd Generation Artist Series 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 design 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 bass clarinet gets its neck 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, our Low Eb model also features the left hand Eb/Ab lever.
Every Kessler Custom 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 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 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.
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