RIDENOUR CLARINET PRODUCTS UK LTD (shop for clarinets and accessories)
NEW – A SEASONAL GIFT OFFER – for any item of £20 or over a free CD, any item(s) of £100 or more 2 free CDs, any item(s) of £200 or more a free download of the book:
“Instant Help for Playing and Teaching the Clarinet” (written by me and on the ABRSM recommended reading list for the Diploma course) Plus 2 free CDs.
Latest currency news: the £ is very fluid and prone to dropping against the dollar so prices may rise soon. Make the most of current prices : if you order a clarinet now and pay £100 deposit I will hold the prices at the current level
Please note it is not possible to “click and buy” clarinets – I sell only to email or phone orders as the service I offer is tailored to suit the individual and discounts depend on the number and value of items bought. Accessories can be bought by “click and buy” from this page and in “Store”. To buy clarinets please email or phone me.
Lyrique Libertas with mouthpiece £1575 or £1475 without
Lyrique 576b Bb £975 with mouthpiece or £895 without
Lyrique 575 A clarinet £1575 with mouthpiece or £1475 without
Lyrique 570 C clarinet £1175 with mouthpiece or £1050 without
Lyrique 925c bass clarinet to low C £3175 with mouthpiece or £3050 without
Why buy from me when one can import direct from USA?
The peace of mind that I offer is a secure, hassle-free buying experience. I take care of all import charges and any in-transit damage issues should any arise. I meticulously prepare each clarinet to a professional level of performance and offer generous discounts on all accessories if bought with a clarinet, plus you get my undivided attention to every purchase from the minute you contact me.
Accessories such as the ATG reed perfecting system, thumb saddle, repair and maintenance DVDs,Tom Ridenour’s fantastic “Clarinet Fingerings” book, “Educator’s Guide to the clarinet”, Ultimax cork grease and pivot and roller grease are available to “click and buy” on this page and in “Store” scroll down to Accessories to buy
To make a purchase by card – for a clarinet / group of accessories: please phone me on 01600 714169 or 07883 281030 or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and add your contact phone number. I will call you back to take a credit / debit card transaction – most major credit / debit cards accepted
Want to know more about hard rubber clarinets? Read an article published in Clarinet and Saxophone – the journal of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain Click here: Rid art and ad
To read testimonials and reviews of Ridenour Clarinet Products UK LTD – Leslie Craven’s service and Ridenour clarinets
please click this link: Testimonials and reviews here:
Ridenour pro mouthpieces : Bb £
170 reduced to £150 when bought as a separate item
Bass mouthpieces : £
235 reduced to £210 if bought separately, but both are substantially cheaper if bought with a clarinet
Please scroll down for Leslie’s demonstrations of the clarinets and more information
“I have now owned my Ridenour C clarinet for a few months and couldn’t be happier! I came to Les in need of a C clarinet as I had been booked last minute for a run of opera performances that required using one. Les had an instrument ready to go and after playing it for less than 15 minutes I threw it straight in to first rehearsals.
I was a little trepidatious as C clarinets that I had played in the past were hard to play well in tune and weren’t very even in response. To my delight, the Ridenour C clarinet played with immaculate intonation. As is often the case with orchestral music, the clarinets had many phrases in octaves with the bassoons and other woodwinds, which can quickly expose bad intonation. However, this was no problem and I felt that I could both project my sound in solo passages but also, crucially, blend with my colleagues in tutti passages. In fact, one of my colleagues asked if was I transposing some passages onto the Bb and was stunned when I said that I was in fact playing a C clarinet!
I believe that the Ridenour C clarinet represents excellent quality and exceptional value. Perhaps the best thing about this instrument is that it will never crack! I certainly could not have gone into a dry opera pit with a brand new wooden instrument and have it come through unscathed. Be assured however that the hard rubber body has just as much projection and warmth as a wooden instrument, without the negative aspects that come with wood.
I am currently working as a freelance clarinet player with orchestras such as RPO, RLPO, BBC NOW, WNO, ESO, London Concert Orchestra, Red Note Ensemble and others and am looking forward to playing my C clarinet as much as possible!”
Lyrique 925 Bass clarinet to low C £3175 – without mouthpiece: £3050
Mark O’Brien City of Birmingham Symphony Bass clarinettist
Mark endorses the 925c bass as a good pro bass clarinet for use in adverse climatic conditions, in education work and outdoor concerts and in theatres where temperature and humidity may cause an expensive wooden Bass to crack or warp.
Below:an independent review of the Bass from a professional American player :
Here is Josh Johnson playing Shostakovich on the 925c
RCP 925C Professional Bass clarinet to Low C with Ridenour pro Bass mouthpiece £3175 Without mouthpiece £3050
Ridenour Pro bass mouthpiece if bought separately £235
An Alternative more lightweight and superior padded case can be substituted for a small extra charge:
LIGHTWEIGHT REED AND SQUEAK CASES
The case below is a special lightweight REED and SQUEAK CASE manufactured entirely in the U.K. used by top pro players and offered hugely discounted as part of a specially negotiated deal with Reed and Squeak for Ridenour customers only, as an enhancement to the RCP Bass at £190 – saving £75 on normal retail price on R&S web site of £265
Without mouthpiece & with Reed and Squeak case £3240 saving £75 on the case
With mouthpiece & with Reed and Squeak case £3435 saving £150
Please scroll down to see detailed descriptions of the entire range of instruments and accessories
RCP UK is also delighted to be associated with James Mainwaring, leading clarinettist in London’s West End Musical scene and for recording sessions.
Below right: James Mainwaring leading British doubling specialist / clarinettist who bought a clarinet – “Les, the Ridenour 576b clarinet is a terrific clarinet, I am delighted with it” James’s full review of the 576b can be seen in customer testimonials along with many other comments from leading players, both Professional and amateur.
Order from me for peace of mind that your clarinet will arrive (if shipped by post) in perfect playing condition as I take great care in packing. On arrival in U.K. the clarinets are stripped and each part is checked and tested by me personally. After the initial inspection the clarinet is “set up” meticulously as a top professional would expect it to play, to respond quickly, have great note clarity, evenness of response and key/mechanism efficiency with minimum key noise and a perfect seal. I will tune the clarinet to your own mouthpiece of choice provided that mouthpiece is compatible with pitch A440 or A442 or supply it tuned with a Ridenour mouthpiece.
LYRIQUE 576b B-flat clarinet
The 576b is used by me and by many leading players worldwide. (See testimonials page) If you need a clarinet that will not be affected by climate the Ridenour range of instruments can supply the ideal clarinet for you. Stable, with accurate tuning and a warm focused 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 I have played mine on TV, in performances and recordings with great success.
LYRIQUE 575a A clarinet
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 “LIBERTAS” Bb
the flagship model clarinet in the Ridenour range considered by many to be :
THE BEST IN TUNE and TONALLY EVEN CLARINET EVER DESIGNED – WITH NO CUMBERSOME ADDITIONAL KEY WORK TO CONFUSE THE PLAYER AND CREATE EXTRA WEIGHT ON THE RIGHT HAND THUMB!
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.
From Les : Many clarinet manufacturers including Buffet, Selmer and others have now attempted improved intonation by adding extra keys but this adds further to the already heavy weight of the clarinet. Tom has built all his clarinet range with a superior bore design that gives the closest possible twelfths and virtually perfect intonation without these confusing and cumbersome extra keys.
The beautiful sound and intonation of this clarinet is enjoyed by many delighted customers – see reviews in the customer testimonials page
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 tone is never thin or strident and the scale never “wacky”. Rather, the Lyrique C is characterised 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 me when the clarinet arrives.
Like the Bb and A, the Lyrique C clarinet takes a standard Bb clarinet mouthpiece, making switching from one to the other in performance easy and seamless.
Note from me: I used the Ridenour Lyrique C clarinet 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 I have sold many to players in all parts of the world for this specific purpose. Many composers have written for this lovely instrument and a lot of early clarinet music involves the C clarinet.
RIDENOUR 925c Low C BASS clarinet
Can be bought with or without a mouthpiece – includes mouthpiece cap, ligature, swab, cork grease, reeds, back pack style case with compartment on outside for accessories, neck strap and spike. 2 years free maintenance service*.
These clarinets are very popular because they are great value and professional quality with the same excellent tuning scale and evenness that all Ridenour clarinets display. To lock in a price (these prices can vary due to exchange rate) secure a clarinet price with a £100 deposit. This guarantees your clarinet will be put aside for you, tested and set up for you personally by me, Leslie Craven. Please check with me for current prices as I can personally negotiate the price for a package deal – it is possible to get a deal of a discounted superior lightweight “Reed and Squeak” case plus mouthpiece and selected accessories.
There are cheaper basses available from “mass sales, mail order companies” but none of this quality and advanced bore design providing superior tuning and evenness than other inferior ABS resin or plastic basses. My personal testing and set up ensures your Bass works perfectly when you play it for the first time. The 2 year servicing* guarantees that it can be kept in excellent adjustment. *( clients must pay postage both ways to qualify for this service)
An independent review of the Bass from a top American doubling musician please click on the link: https://woodwindwonderland.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/the-ridenour-lyrique-925-hard-rubber.html
The Lyrique Low C bass is considered by many professionals to be the best value bass clarinet on the market today.
The Lyrique’s scale, even response, and beauty of tone is comparable to professional basses costing thousands more. Unlike the wood bodies of those expensive clarinets, the bore of the Lyrique will remain stable year round, and the body will not crack or warp
The mechanism is durable and with the stability of the pure, natural, hard rubber body.
Features include: double register key, adjustable neck for tuning and ergonomically designed left hand thumb mechanism
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.
RIDENOUR CLARINET PRODUCTS UK LTD ACCESSORIES
Thumb saddle, A.T.G. reed system, Books: Clarinet Fingerings book, The Educator’s Guide to the Clarinet, DVDs : Basic Repair and maintenance 3 DVD set, New: Ultimax cork grease and Pivot and roller lubricant
Thumb saddle £13 plus p&p
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 repair technician – or I can do the work for you at a small cost – £15 and add your thumb saddle if you send your lower joint by courier to me. N.B. : 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 or felt beneath 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 (see illustration of this in “Store” page) . 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:
All items below can also be found in “store” page
The ATG Universal Reed Finishing System £75 50 plus p&p
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 System we guarantee you will say goodbye to reed problems forever!
Purchase the ATG Universal Reed Finishing System:
The Clarinet Books:
Clarinet Fingerings £19. 75 plus p&p
purchase Clarinet Fingerings
Clarinet 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 easily portable A4 format 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. 75 plus p&p
Purchase The Educator’s Guide to the Clarinet:
Whether you want to teach the clarinet better or learn the clarinet, the Educator’s Guide has the information you need to learn to play correctly or teach with confidence.
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
REPAIR and MAINTAIN your Clarinet:
Basic Clarinet Repair & maintenance – 3 DVDs £60
– in most cases this is cheaper than a single trip to the repair man
purchase Basic Clarinet repair & maintenance
Basic Clarinet Repair and Maintenance is a 3 DVD set that includes two and a half hours of video instruction 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.
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 not rocket science and that competent repair work can be broken down into simple 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. Why not use them to teach your students how to do simple repairs?
ULTIMAX CORK GREASE £11 50p
These two lubricants are the best around – I use them all the time for silencing mechanisms and greasing my corks (Leslie) This grease actually moisturises the cork and should be used sparingly as it is very efficient hence it is economical as one uses less of it. it is non corrosive and safe to use and will not discolour wood or hard rubber. Both greases should be used sparingly and avoid contact with clothing as all grease will cause some sort of stain on clothing. Although inert it is advisable to wash hands after using any form of grease.
PIVOT and ROLLER LUBRICANT £12 50p
(for silencing all noisy mechanisms) (both items currently in stock August 2018)
These product are the only non Ridenour product stocked by RCP in USA and UK. This grease and the cork grease above are inert and completely safe to use. Roller and pivot grease is ideal for silencing clicks if applied to rods, pivots and many other areas where a smooth action is necessary. Particularly useful on bass clarinet rollers, pivots and rod guides. I have used it on very noisy mechanisms and have been impressed by the way it does eliminate clicks and metallic noise from rods and pivots etc (Les)
PRICE 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.