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


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

To buy a clarinet or any accessories using a credit card simply email or telephone Leslie and he will accept the card details and process payment. For Terms and Conditions visit  the News page, also for Leslie’s contact details to order direct from him.

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.   


James Mainwaring – top London West End multi instrumentalist

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

Ridenour UK prices  take into account: shipping, customs duty, customs import V.A.T. and Parcel Force 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 Leslie’s prices  work out less expensive than ordering direct from USA.
From Leslie –  the top model Ridenour clarinet – the Lyrique Libertas is £1575 with all taxes paid and is  almost £200  cheaper than buying direct from USA after all taxes and shipping is factored in.

Order from Leslie for peace of mind and a clarinet that is professionally set up to respond quickly and efficiently 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. All RCP UK  clarinets are  set up professionally by Leslie personally and  meticulously checked  for optimum playability.

Leslie tests and checks all mechanisms and pad clearances plus he 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)

Ergonomic register key

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

e.g. if sold without a clarinet Leslie’s Bb soprano clarinet mouthpiece is £210 but if bought with a clarinet  £185  or a Ridenour soprano Bb pro mouthpieces are available at £190 but £160  if bought with a clarinet  

 LYRIQUE 576b B-flat  clarinet £975   

 *why not add a Craven/Behn Pro mouthpiece (normally £210 – 185 if  bought with a clarinet) or a Ridenour pro mouthpiece normally £190 reduced to £160 if bought with a clarinet.


The 576b is used by  Leslie and very recently by  leading London Freelance clarinettists  James Mainwaring solo clarinet and recording session player  and Bart Watté – solo clarinettist of the Royal Band of the Belgian Guides  plus many  professional players in Europe and USA.


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  575 A £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.

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 – Mahler Symphonies, 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 by Strauss)  and many more uitilise the unique voice of the C clarinet.

RCP LOW C BASS CLARINET 925e  currently £3,175

These clarinets are very popular because they are great value professional quality (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 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 £16

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.

Purchase Clarinet Fingerings:

Price(GBP): £16.00


The Educator’s Guide to the Clarinet £34 75p

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

Purchase The Educator’s Guide to the Clarinet:

Price(GBP): £34.75


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


NEW : The Ultimax products:

The finest Cork lubricant – it is so good it is the only Non – Ridenour  product stocked by Tom Ridenour in the USA – it is safe inert and will not degrade the cork like other grease – it is safe to use and synthetic


the best cork grease around
Price(GBP): £8.00



The best silencing solution for pivots rollers and noisy mechanisms – get rid of those clicks ! This special sticky advanced tech lubricant traps air inside to give a silent smooth action to all rollers and pivots and can be used to coat noisy worn / ill fitting rods

The best lubricant for silencing mechanisms
Price(GBP): £10.00