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)
- Backun/Hawkins Vocalise R (Small): $130.00
- Backun/Hawkins Vocalise G (Medium): $130.00
- Backun/Hawkins Vocalise H (Open): $130.00
- Vandoren B45: $140.00
- Vandoren B50: $140.00
- Vandoren Black Diamond: $150.00 (Best Seller)
- Backun/Hawkins Vocalise CG: $160.00
- Selmer Paris Focus (smaller): $235.00
- Selmer Paris Concept (larger): $235.00
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, all prices include their fitted cap)
- Rovner Versa Ligature: $45.00
- Vandoren M|O in Black: $45.00
- Vandoren Optimum Silver Ligature: $70.00
- Vandoren Optimum BLACK Ligature: $70.00
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 –
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!
Our 2nd Generation Bass Clarinets utilize a premium Pisoni made Lucien Deluxe Leather Pad. Our standard finished models utilize a traditional white leather version of this pad with metal, domed resonators.
International Order Information
Shipping a bass clarinet internationally poses a few unique issues that make it sometimes prohibitive. The main issue has to do with international customs inspection as the bass clarinet crosses in to your country’s borders. During this process, customs inspectors may open up the package to inspect that the contents of the package match the invoice declaration (so that they can make sure to collect the correct amount of applicable taxes). The issue is not in the inspection, but rather the re-packaging AFTER the inspection.
We take great care to pack our instruments for safe transport, but these inspectors are not required to re-package the instrument in the same manner. When re-packaged incorrectly, the risk of damage to the instrument in shipping greatly increases. The stock case unfortunately will not adequately protect the instrument without the additional packaging that we perform. The BAM case upgrade does a better job, but is not 100% perfect either.
So for this reason, we can only accept an international order if the customer is willing to accept the following terms:
- International Orders Require upgrade to BAM Trekking Case
Even though it isn’t perfect, it is far better and offers less risk to extensive damage in the case of an improper re-package.
- International Customer accepts full responsibility for any subsequent damage.
There is no way for us to properly solve damage / repairs for international customers due to the shipping costs internationally. Inside the BAM case, the most likely damage is the left hand F/C lever getting bent. This is a fairly inexpensive and simple repair for most technicians.
- International Payment must be via Bank Wire Transfer
We unfortunately cannot accept international credit cards or PayPal accounts (excludes Canada). So any international order for our bass clarinet must be made via a Bank Wire Transfer.
- Additional Import Taxes
Customer is solely responsible for any and all taxes, fees and other costs that are due as a result of international importation. These costs are calculated before delivery, by the delivery company. We have no way of estimating these fees or pre-paying them.
- International Orders Require upgrade to BAM Trekking Case
If you would like to proceed with an international order for our Kessler Custom 2nd Generation Low C Bass Clarinet, please use the form below.
12.99% APR. Subject to approval by First Mutual Finance.