Ridenour UK LTD & LC CRAVEN Sonoro Clarinets and accessories


Corona Virus : Thank you to those wonderful NHS staff and doctors who are risking their lives every day for our benefit. Many doctors nurses and hospital staff are clarinettists in their “down” time and I would like to extend a small gift of CDs to you – please choose any of the CDs on my site – simply drop me an email with your address stating your position and in which hospital/clinic and I will send the CDs to you gratis asap. Should you wish to purchase clarinet(s) or accessories please contact me and I will give a substantial discount beyond my normal package deals. Thank you for looking after our nation’s sick and infirm.

At Ridenour UK Ltd and “LC Sonoro” Clarinets I aim to keep prices as low as possible
Corona virus has hit the £ and it is down to an unprecedented level against the $ – I have kept prices low and quality high – all clarinets are thoroughly tested by me

New products from the Craven collection scroll down to see: The Sonoro LC CRAVEN C clarinet and new A clarinet, Sonoro Bass clarinet “2” plus the amazing new Eb wooden clarinet (Grenadilla/African blackwood with ringless barrels and bell. NEW SPECIAL OFFER on STORE PAGE ALSO: FREE pack of 10 mouthpiece patches with all purchases over £15

The NEW Eb clarinet Sonoro Eb 01 great tuning, excellent keywork Silver plated plus a sling adjustable thumb rest, white leather pads, extra LH Eb / D# key presented in a cool single case with zip pocket and shoulder strap. Fully checked tested by Leslie and includes shipping to UK addresses

LC CRAVEN Sonoro products and prices

The LC CRAVEN Sonoro BC 01 is the basic entry level pro Bass clarinet for those on a budget – or students with very limited resources. Just £2100 for the clarinet and well fitting case with back straps plus basic mouthpiece and ligature. Upgrades available: Silverstein Bass ligature CRY04 add £150 (normally £185) LC CRAVEN Po Mouthpiece also just £150 (normally £210) Add both for just £285 extra. Differences between Sonoro BC 01 and the NEW 2 : The BC 01 has no adjusting screws on the RH large pads but is a robust Bass clarinet with a very simple and accessible LH low D plus long rod guides – a very strong feature fully checked adjusted and tested by Leslie.

Adjusting screws in crucial places

New – the LC CRAVEN Sonoro 2 Bass clarinet £2,750 includes the LC Sonoro CRAVEN pro mouthpiece and is supplied in a free Reed and squeak bass clarinet case with back pack strap worth £265

hese 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. 

Differences between BC01 and the new Sonoro 2 There are more adjusting screws on the New Sonoro 2, it has a failsafe assembly mechanism to prevent over rotation of the joints, ergonomic thumb key plus the advantage of the Reed and Squeak lightweight case and the CRAVEN pro mouthpiece included in the price.

LC CRAVEN SONORO Bass clarinets have a robust key design and will stand up to the rigours of professional use at an entry level price point. All set up and Tested personally by top pro player Les Craven. Upgrade: Add a Silverstein CRY04 ligature for discounted price of £150

New C clarinet the Sonoro C clarinet – ideal for all levels from beginner to professional – the ideal clarinet for beginners in as much as it is in well in tune (cheaper “starter” clarinets are available from unscrupulous sites selling out of tune cheap clarinets but these will not teach children good intonation). So help train the young ear and the small size will fit smaller fingers. This marvellous little clarinet is also ideal for professional use : folk music, opera and many other applications such as replacing oboes in ensemble – just £695 fully adjusted and fine tuned personally by Leslie

SMERf A new accessory: This new product is the latest in reed gadgets and by far the easiest to use and get excellent results fixing reeds that hitherto were too hard and stuffy to play – this will save you a fortune and we offer it (for the first 30 units sold) at a reduced price.

Ridenour UK LTD products prices including delivery to UK addresses:

Lyrique Libertas in Bb with mouthpiece £1575 or 

£1425 without

Lyrique 575 in A £1575 with mouthpiece or

  £1425 without

Lyrique 576b in Bb £945 with mouthpiece or

  £795  without   (cheaper than price on ebay shop £854 plus VAT import duty etc.)

Lyrique 570 in C £1175 with mouthpiece or

  £1025 without  (cheaper than price on Ridenour ebay shop £1043 plus 20% VAT and duty)

Lyrique 925c bass to low C £3375 with mouthpiece or

  £3250 without

New – Ridenour Noblissima clarinets – standard register key in line trill keys and wide comfortable thumb rest – the ideal student clarinet with the same exceptional tuning and sound as the 576b

£550 inclusive of postage (price on Ridenour ebay shop £556 plus customs duty and VAT my prices are 20% cheaper)

Note clarity on all clarinets both ridenour and Sonoro models is exceptional – no stuffy notes thanks to Leslie’s unique testing and set – up. Crossing the break and playing in the high register very easy a hallmark of the hard rubber material used in the manufacture.

All clarinets come with: my personal guarantee of satisfaction and after sales service,  worry-free buying experience and excellent value for money, clarinets set up to my professional standard of playability. Suitable for all levels – from student to professional

Four excellent reasons to buy from me than import directly oneself

1) After all  customs duty, VAT, shipping, bank, transfer charges, and obligatory Parcel Force / UPS handling charges are factored in, my prices are less expensive than importing direct from USA.

2) I offer the peace of mind of dealing with a respected, experienced player from start to finish, no other sales persons. You get my undivided attention and service from the minute you contact me.

3) I personally meticulously prepare and rigorously test each clarinet to a very high level of performance for all customers

4) I offer generous discounts on all accessories when bought with a clarinet, or retrospectively if an existing customer orders accessories after the purchase of a clarinet


Cloth covered, long rectangular case: RRP £49 my price £44 * plus P&P In black eco leather RRP £59 my price £54* plus P&P (*if bought with a clarinet)

inexpensive, lightweight compact and very protective of the clarinet with shoulder strap

below the eco leather short rectangular case
RRP £59  my upgrade price £54 

Really compact and protective cases with shoulder strap

The Reed and Squeak bass clarinet case is illustrated and described later on this page – please scroll down to view.

Ridenour Accessories : ATG reed perfecting system, Books, Thumb saddle etc can be viewed later on this page.

To make a purchase by card – for a clarinet / group of accessories: please phone me on 01600 714169 / 07883281010 or email: lesclarinet1@gmail.com. Please leave a message if there is no reply from the telephone numbers.

Want to know more about hard rubber clarinets and their unique design? Read this article published in the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain https://www.lesliecraven.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Rid-art-and-ad.pdf

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A comparison by Les of the Ridenour Lyrique “Libertas” and the 576b Bb clarinets

Les demonstrates the Ridenour 575a A clarinet – needing no blowing in period – just pure clear tone from the outset

A demonstration by Les of the best value and intonation C clarinet the Ridenour Lyrique 570c


Ridenour 570c C clarinet £1175 with mouthpiece
£1025 without

From William White: I am currently working as a freelance player with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, BBC, Welsh National Opera, Red note ensemble and several others. I came to Les in need of a C clarinet …….To my delight the Ridenour C clarinet played with immaculate intonation….
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. For more of this review see Testimonials page


Among others these three top players above have been delighted with the Ridenour C clarinet – Rhys Taylor – “this C is terrific Les” – Alison Lambert “This C clarinet is so easy to play and beautifully in tune and even – it’s lovely” Will White – “When I first played it in the orchestra no one knew I was using a C, the tone was so rich and warm and the tuning so accurate.”

Bass clarinettist 
City of Birmingham Symphony

Mark O’Brien

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Top players use Ridenour and Sonoro products

925c bass clarinet £3375 with mouthpiece without £3250

Mark O’Brien Bass clarinettist of the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra recommends the Ridenour 925c bass in particular for rehearsals and performances where the climatic conditions could cause his very expensive wooden bass clarinet to crack.

Many top players world wide use the 925c as the Bass of choice in preference to wooden instruments as the 925c has a beautiful round warm sound and is very even in note size and has very stable intonation thanks to its construction from hard natural – eco friendly rubber.

Due to a special deal with Reed and Squeak – The Reed and Squeak bass clarinet case – can be added as an upgrade for £195 – saving £70 on the normal retail price of £265

Bass Clarinet Case-Low C



James Mainwearing

RCP UK is also delighted to be associated with James Mainwaring,  leading clarinettist in London’s West End  Musical scene and for recording sessions.  right: James Mainwaring leading British doubling specialist / clarinettist  who bought a 576b clarinet  “Les, the Ridenour 576b clarinet is a terrific clarinet, I am delighted with it”  James’s full review can be seen in customer testimonials along with many other comments from leading players, both Professional and amateur 

LYRIQUE 576b B-flat  clarinet £945 with m/piece* *choice of either Ridenour or Craven Sonoro Cost of m/piece if bought separately : Ridenour or Craven Sonoro £190

576b £795 without mouthpiece

Ridenour Lyrique 576b is used by me (Leslie Craven) 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 £1575 with mouthpiece £1425 without

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
Lyrique Libertas Bb clarinet

LYRIQUE “LIBERTAS”  Bb £1575 with mouthpiece £1425 without

the flagship model  clarinet in the Ridenour range considered by many to be :

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.

LYRIQUE 570C  £1175 with mouthpiece £1025 without 

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The Lyrique 570c clarinet the best in tune, even sounding, round tone C clarinet on the market

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 (Leslie Craven) when the clarinet arrives.

The beautiful sound and intonation of this clarinet is enjoyed by many delighted customers – see reviews in the customer testimonials page 

The Lyrique C clarinet takes a standard Bb clarinet mouthpiece making switching very easy from A to Bb to C seamless – Leslie’s own design mouthpiece plays these clarinets beautifully in tune.

Note from Leslie Craven: 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 £3375 with mouthpiece £3250 without

The Lyrique 925c 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. 

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.

hese 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. 

left: Unique safety mechanism to prevent over – rotation of middle joint hence avoids damage to keys and linkages.

Can be bought with or without a mouthpiece – includes case with back-pack type carry straps plus outer pocket for accessories and music, mouthpiece cap, ligature, swab, cork grease, reeds, neck strap and spike.

Please be aware : 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.

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 

If you are interested in purchasing an instrument, please contact Leslie to find out about current stock levels and availability.



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:

Price(GBP): £13.00

All items below can also be found in “store” page

The Clarinet Books:

Clarinet Fingerings   £19. 75 plus p&p

 purchase Clarinet Fingerings 
Price(GBP): £19.75


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.

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:
The best educational book for learning and teaching the clarinet
Price(GBP): £37.75


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. includes advice on how to play the clarinet, embouchure, reeds , mouthpieces and everything you ever wanted to know about the clarinet and how to play and teach it.


 ULTIMAX CORK GREASE £ 11 50p or new smaller pot for £6 00 (price for both Ultimax products includes shipping to UK addresses)

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.

ULTIMAX PIVOT, ROD and ROLLER GREASE £12 50 or new smaller pot for £6 50 (price for both Ultimax products includes shipping to UK addresses)

 For silencing all noisy mechanisms both items currently in stock

These products 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 silent 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(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


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.