RIDENOUR CLARINET PRODUCTS (clarinets and all accessories)

 

RCP UK is delighted to announce that from now on clarinets and accessories can be purchased by Credit or Debit Cards directly from Leslie Craven sole agent for UK & Europe please scroll down to view all clarinets and accessories – thanks for visiting RCP UK

NEW:

RCP UK can accept  VISA, MasterCard, Maestro,  JCB, Visa Debit etc., by telephone. Please scroll down to see the entire range of instruments and accessories with in-depth descriptions and current special offers on mouthpieces cases etc…

For special packages or “bundles” email Leslie with your requirements and he will quote a favourable price for multiple purchases and shipping.

RCP UK is also delighted to be associated with James Mainwaring,  leading clarinettist in London’s West End  Musical scene and for recording sessions.  James’s full evaluation of the 576b can be viewed in customer testimonials where you can read about Leslie’s special customer care  from many delighted, enthusiastic clarinettists in UK and abroad.   

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James Mainwaring – top London West End multi instrumentalist

“Les the Lyrique Bb 576 is a terrific clarinet”  James Mainwaring  

Order from Leslie for peace of mind that your clarinet will arrive (if shipped by post) in perfect playing condition as Leslie takes great care in packing. On arrival in U.K. the clarinets are stripped and each part is checked for damage or transit maladjustment caused by unsympathetic baggage handling.

After the initial inspection the clarinet is “set up” personally by Leslie as a top professional would expect it to be  to respond quickly,  for note clarity, evenness of response and key/mechanism efficiency with minimum key noise and a perfect seal. Tom Ridenour has agreed a special rate for Les to be able to buy in and sell to the British and European market at very competitive prices. 

Leslie  will tune the clarinet to the mouthpiece of your choice * provided that mouthpiece is compatible with pitch A 440 or A 442 (*Mouthpieces are not supplied with clarinets and are a separate purchase but if a clarinet is sold with a mouthpiece of his design, Leslie will offer a generous discount)

Important note from Leslie  : Ridenour UK prices  take into account: shipping, customs duty, customs import V.A.T. and handling charges, plus bank/paypal transfer fees for overseas payments. These hidden charges add hundreds of pounds to the cost of the instrument if ordered from the USA and most  people find once all these costs are factored in that my RCP UK prices  work out less expensive than ordering direct from USA. In addition my set up work removes  the worry that the clarinet may arrive in less than playable condition having been transported from RCP in Duncanville,  Texas USA, to the airport in Texas, then by air  to Chicago then from Chicago to London Heathrow then by goods vehicle from London  to Coventry  (Customs) then from Coventry to final destination by Parcel force / UPS after import taxes have been paid. When you buy a clarinet from me there is no risk whatsoever – it plays beautifully. I make sure of that. See my customer testimonials from Pro players and amateurs who gave unsolicited praise for these instruments and the set up – also pre- sales  and after sales service. (Leslie)

Ergonomic register key

Ergonomic register key supplied on all clarinets. Standard register keys can be supplied free of charge for  RCP clarinets if requeste

LYRIQUE 576b B-flat  clarinet £975*  

The 576b is used by Leslie and by many leading players worldwide. If you need a clarinet that will not be affected by climate this is the clarinet for you. Stable, with accurate tuning and a warm focussed sound the 576b is not just a student clarinet – although it is (because of its low price)  ideal for students – it is a fully capable professional quality clarinet and Leslie has used his on TV, in performances and recordings with great success. Recently he toured to Oman and Dubai where he played his eighteen year old Ridenour clarinets in Operas and concerts and received many fine compliments for the sound quality.

LYRIQUE 575a A-clarinet   £1,575 *

The Lyrique A clarinet plays in an extremely free blowing way (just as freely as the Lyrique  and Libertas Bb clarinets). Unlike most A clarinets that take a long time to “blow in” this A clarinet feels free and totally expressive from the outset due to its highly polished and highly accurately moulded bore. It has (because of its Tom Ridenour bore design) superior tuning and evenness of note plus the ability to cross the breaks more smoothly and evenly. It is a pleasure to experience an A clarinet with much less resistance in the upper registers – no more grunts on the notorious A clarinet clarion “A” and above. Try one and experience for yourself the lovely freedom, dark sonority and expressiveness that can be achieved on this beautiful clarinet.

 SPECIAL PRICE FOR A PAIR OF LYRIQUE Bb & A in double case  £2,350 

 

* SPECIAL offer on Mouthpieces if bought with a clarinet e.g. if sold without a clarinet Leslie’s Behn/Craven mouthpiece costs £210 but if bought with a clarinet is reduced by £30 to £180 alternatively choose a Ridenour  pro mouthpiece – available at £175 but reduced to £145  if bought with a clarinet  

                     

 
BELOW:
THE RCP| LIBERTAS MODEL considered by many to be  THE BEST IN TUNE and TONALLY EVEN CLARINET  EVER DESIGNED 
Lyrique Libertas

Lyrique Libertas Bb clarinett

LYRIQUE LIBERTAS  B-flat £1575 *

Tom Ridenour : “The Lyrique Libertas is the clarinet I’ve hoped to make for over a decade now, a clarinet that possesses many of the same playing and acoustical characteristics of the Opus/Concerto clarinets I designed in the 1990s…but with a big difference: these clarinets play better than any clarinets, wood or hard rubber, I’ve ever played, and of course, they won’t crack and break your heart.”

LYRIQUE 570 C  £1075 *  

Designed to provide top professional performance features by Tom Ridenour, the C clarinet will exceed all that you hoped a C clarinet could ever be. The experience of playing the Lyrique C clarinet dispels all the past myths about clarinets pitched in C. The tone is never thin or strident and the scale never “wacky”. Rather, the Lyrique C is characterized by a warm, sweet tone that is closer to the human voice than perhaps any other wind instrument. Even the high notes retain a beautifully round, sweet quality at all dynamic levels.  The Lyrique also has the most even, efficient blowing resistance of any clarinet, giving the player the feeling of total freedom to express oneself. The tuning scale of the Lyrique C is exceptionally accurate  (normally other C clarinets are notoriously uneven in their tuning).  This superior tuning  is due to  detailed custom work  by Lyrique designer, Tom Ridenour which is checked further and micro-adjusted by Leslie when the clarinet arrives in his studio. Like the Bb and A, the Lyrique C clarinet takes a standard Bb clarinet mouthpiece (not supplied), making switching from one to the other in performance easy and seamless.

Leslie has used the Ridenour C in Welsh National Opera for almost 20 years with huge success in many operas and concerts – Works by Beethoven, Mahler, Operas by Verdi ,(Falstaff , Rigoletto, etc., etc .,) Nicolai , (Merry Wives of Windsor) Smetana, (Bartered Bride) Rossini, (Barber of Seville etc .,etc .,etc .,) Bellini, (Puritani), Donizetti,  (Maria Stuarda , Don Pasquale etc., etc .,etc ., )  Mozart, Richard Strauss (“Der Rosenkavalier” and chamber works)  and many more utilise the unique voice of the C clarinet. The C clarinet is also used frequently in folk music and leslie has sold many to players in all parts of the world for this specific purpose. There are concertos by a number of composers written for this lovely instrument and a lot of early clarinet music involves the C clarinet.

RCP LOW C BASS CLARINET 925e  currently £3,175 now £3,050 due – to slightly improved exchange rate or if chosen with a Reed and Squeak lightweight case upgrade – special price – £3,225 a saving of £70 on the case.

These clarinets are very popular because they are great value professional quality (N.B.unlike some cheaper ABS resin Bass clarinets on the market).

Reserve one with a deposit now to guarantee this price! 

PLEASE NOTE: Please check with Leslie for current prices as he can reduce the price for a package deal of a reed and squeak case plus mouthpiece and selected accessories. 

limited offer : If bought with the RCP BASS 925e  Ridenour pro Bass mouthpiece for an extra £215 (several Ridenour bass mouthpieces in stock) or a Craven/Behn Bass mouthpiece normally £375 – discounted to £275 (limited stock of  just 2 remaining Craven/Behn)

A new recent independent review of the Bass can be found in the news page or here : http://woodwindwonderland.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/the-ridenour-lyrique-925-hard-rubber.html (copy and paste into a browser to see review 

Lyrique 925e Bb bass clarinet

Lyrique 925e Bb bass clarinet to low C

The Lyrique Low C bass must be the best value on the musical instrument market today.

Detail of RCP bass clarinet

Detail of RCP bass clarinet

The Lyrique’s  scale, even response, and beauty of tone is the equivalent of professional basses costing thousands more. And unlike the wood bodies of those expensive clarinets, the bore of the Lyrique will remain stable year round, and the body will be crack free.

The mechanism is durable and beautifully made, and with the stability of the pure, natural, hard rubber body  your new Lyrique Low C bass will be a clarinet for a life time.
Features include: double register key, adjustable neck for tuning and ergonomically convenient right hand thumb mechanism. The durable, hard-shell wood case gives the bass excellent protection.

For those who have always wanted or needed a low C bass but have never been able to afford  the expensive crack – prone wooden counterparts , the Ridenour Lyrique Low C bass is the solution.  If you are interested in purchasing an instrument, please contact Leslie to find out about current stock levels and availability.

NEW : An upgrade to a reed and squeak lightweight case can be had – for purchasers of the RCP 925e
a special deal from Reed and squeak. (personal note from Les – These cases are made in the U.K. and are high quality protective cases and I have shipped clarinets in them to countries all over Europe with no damage whatsoever. I use Reed and Squeak lightweight cases for all my clarinets Bb, A, Eb  and C plus the Basses.

above: Lightweight case for low C 925e Bass (no back straps)  £170 (currently in stock)
normal retail price £245

below: Lightweight case (with backstraps and extra pockets ) £225  normal retail price £295

This offer is exclusive to Leslie and RCP UK

RCP UK Accessories below:

Thumb saddle, A.T.G. reed system,  Books: Clarinet Fingerings book,  The Educator’s Guide to the Clarinet,  Basic Repair and maintenance 3 DVD set,   New: Ultimax cork grease and Pivot and roller lubricant 

 

Thumb saddle £13

Thumb saddle by RCP

Help avoid tendonitis and other playing related injuries – try the 

Thumb Saddle.

A word from Les about the position of thumb rests: ” Almost all thumb rests are situated too low and can cause damage to your hand so I strongly advise getting it moved – by a trained technician – or I can do the work for you at a small cost – £15 and add your thumb saddle (£13) but the expensive part would be the shipping to and from my studio. However:  No matter what the cost – it is better not to have tendon or joint pain caused by the clarinet thumb rest being in the incorrect place ergonomically speaking. So I would strongly advocate this service to you. I also add Velcro and felt below the saddle to make it more secure  as some adjustable thumb rests are set away from the body of the clarinet causing the saddle to have a gap between it and the clarinet body. Ideally this gap should be filled with felt or velcro which if added to both body of the clarinet and back of the saddle the stability of the saddle is much enhanced.”

Ordinary thumb rests, whether adjustable or not can cause the thumb and the fingers to close in “pinch-like” fashion to the degree that the fingers are almost forced to straighten.

Straight fingers have two negative effects on clarinet technique: they cause wasted, tense, finger motion and, most importantly, they cause this tension to spread throughout the whole hand. This slows the finger technique and reduces endurance and can be the source of many medical problems. The Ridenour Thumb Saddle is the simple solution to this frustrating dilemma.  It simply slips on and off of the thumb rest like any commercially available thumb cushion.

But unlike standard thumb cushions or adjustable thumb rests which displace the thumb to the degree that throws the hand out of balance, The Ridenour Thumb Saddle eliminates the “pinch” tension between the thumb and fingers by simply opening the hand up.

The increased openness promotes the needed relaxation without throwing the thumb and fingers out of balance. The curved fingers promote a much more efficient finger motion and increased endurance due to the absence of tension.

Purchase the thumb saddle:

Price(GBP): £13.00

All items below can also be found in store page

The ATG Universal Reed Finishing System £75 50p

ATG reed finishing system

ATG reed finishing system

The Ridenour ATG Universal Reed Finishing System is the world’s easiest to learn, easiest to use, most effective and largest selling reed finishing system, bar none!

Besides being unbelievably effective and easy to use the ATG System is also one of the least expensive methods for working on reeds.

With the ATG Sysytem we guarantee you will say goodbye to reed problems forever!

Purchase the ATG Universal Reed Finishing System:

The easiest and simplest best selling reed adjusting system - you will recoup the cost in no time so for the equivalent of about three boxes of reeds you will be able to use virtually all the reeds you buy !
Price(GBP): £75.50

 

The Books

Clarinet Fingerings   
Price(GBP): £19.75
 

fingering-bookClarinet Fingerings: A Guide for the Performer and Educator was first published thirty years ago, in 1985. The depth and completeness of its content and its user friendly format, facilitating ease of use, quickly made it the standard work on clarinet fingerings, and it remains so to the present.

Clarinet Fingerings contains over two hundred fingerings for the upper register of the clarinet.

The fingerings are presented in easy to read pictures. In addition each fingerings are annotated with essential information to help the performer know how and when to best use the fingering.

Information includes specific instance in the standard literature where the fingerings may be used as well as analysis of the fingerings tonal, responsive and tuning characteristics.

Clarinet Fingerings also contains two essays on fingering usage, numerous pages of blank fingerings which enables the clarinetist to personalize the book with his or her favorite fingerings.

Clarinet Fingerings is 8 1/2″ X 11″, which makes it very easy to carry and is spiral bound in order to easily open flat for use on a music stand. Clarinet Fingerings will quickly become one of your most used and indispensable text references.

 

 

The Educator’s Guide to the Clarinet £37. 75p   

Purchase The Educator’s Guide to the Clarinet:
The best educational book for learning and teaching the clarinet
Price(GBP): £37.75

educator-guideThe Educator’s Guide to the Clarinet is the Clarinet’s first complete pedagogy in its 250 year history!

Whether you want to teach the clarinet better or learn the clarinet, the Educator’s Guide has the information you need to save you time and effort and the frustration of trial and error.

Contents Include:

Introduction, including “Why this book was written” and the essay, “The Importance of Gaining an Overview of the Clarinet”.

Part I Chapters Include:

• How to Teach the Clarinet Tone Concept

• How to Teach Breathing and Blowing

• The Tongue; Voicing the Clarinet Tone

• How to Teach Clarinet Embouchure

• How to Teach Finger Technique

• How to Teach Articulation

Part II Chapters Include:

• How to Test and Select Clarinets

• All about Clarinet Mouthpieces

• All about Clarinet Reeds

• Accessories for the Clarinet

• Repair and Maintenance

 

 

Basic Clarinet Repair & maintenance  – 3 DVDs £60  in most cases this is cheaper than a single trip to the repair man

Basic Clarinet Repair and Maintenance is a 3 DVD set that includes two and a half hours of video instruction  MAINTENANCE comp (1)in easy bite – sized segments, clearly and painstakingly explained by Tom Ridenour himself.

In this three DVD instructional set, Tom teaches you how to keep
your clarinet in top playing condition and adjustment and
perform the most critical clarinet repairs by the tried and trusted learning method of show and tell.

Individual videos are brief but thorough, and limited to a single subject.
In the videos Tom both demonstrates and describes how each operation is done,
repeatedly showing that clarinet repair and maintenance is hardly rocket science, but that the techniques
and skills needed to do competent repair work can be broken down into simple operations,
operations that are easy to understand and master with a little careful  practice.

Basic Repair and Maintenance will save you time, money, give you a new sense of mastery
and control over your clarinet and more confidence as a player. If you are a  teacher these DVD’s will enable you to have more confidence in helping find the problems with students’ clarinets.

3 DVDs that will save you £s in no time and help keep the clarinet in tip top condition enabling you to do most repair jobs in no time.
Price(GBP): £60.00

 

ULTIMAX CORK GREASE (the best around !  – Les ) and PIVOT and ROLLER LUBRICANT (for silencing all noisy mechanisms)

These products are amazing and the only non Ridenour product stocked by RCP in USA and UK.

 

          

 

PRICES  FOR THE ULTIMAX PRODUCTS INCLUDES SHIPPING TO UK ADDRESSES

for shipping overseas please contact Leslie – if you are from outside UK please do not use the click and pay below but contact leslie directly – see contact page.

the best cork grease around actually moisturises the cork wheras other greases can dry the cork out and require much repeat use - this cork grease lasts a lot longer and is more economical as you use less over a long period.
Price(GBP): £11.50

Great silencing grease for rods and for pivots rollers etc - miraculous - I use it all the time when preparing or overhauling clarinets - Leslie )
Price(GBP): £12.50

These synthetic greases are inert and will not discolour metal or wood and are completely safe to use. The Roller and Pivot Lubricant is ideal for silencing mechanisms and if applied to rods will silence clicks associated with ill fitting rods and create a smoothly operating mechanism.

The Cork grease actually moisturises the cork unlike most grease that dehydrates it. Apply sparingly as it is super efficient and whilst at first glance it may seem more expensive than most grease it is in effect more economical. One need only use a tiny amount at a time to lubricate the corks efficiently.