Products in the shop please scroll down to see the full range
SMERf the best reed fixing kit on the market
Tom Ridenour’s books: The Educator’s Guide to the Clarinet and Clarinet Fingerings the best Fingering book
The Thumb Saddle – a simple gadget to help keep the hand relaxed and open helps to avoid wrist pain if situated in the correct position where index and thumb are opposite each other.
Ultimax Cork lubricant – the best grease for corks – actually moisturises the cork
Ultimax pivot and roller lubricant is an amazing grease that silences noisy mechanisms
Clarinets are for sale in Ridenour Clarinet products page
For the full range of Leslie’s favourite CD’s go to Leslie’s own products. For sales of Leslie’s Self Help book as a PDF recommended by the ABRSM on their diploma course reading list please go to Book page and click on payment. The PDF will be emailed to you shortly after payment is made.
For more information and pictorial descriptions about the amazing SMERf please go to EEZEE REED FIX page
price £60 inclusive of shipping to UK addresses – for overseas orders please check the shipping calculator in the shopping cart page postage to Europe is normally £17
Review by Chuck Currie in “Clarinet and Saxophone” journal of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain:
“This compact gem is stuffed with great stuff……this is one of the finest gifts that British Clarinettist Leslie Craven could have given single – reed newcomers and experienced pros alike…..one can make finer adjustments and it is easy to develop your skills. It fits nicely in your gig bag too.”
This little inexpensive kit in a neat, compact, zip container 13.5 cm x 10 cm will save users a fortune in wasted, discarded reeds. The new, innovative system, features an ingenious scientifically designed, curved block with a perfect curve and tangent, to glide over the surface of the tip of the reed without damage. This easy to load and assemble system is foolproof and will be invaluable for professionals, students and clarinettists of all levels. We have deliberately set the price point as low as we can to be affordable by everyone. £60 & shipping free to UK addresses to Europe: £17.00 and for further afield please see shipping calculator next to the checkout /shopping cart page)
CD recordings:All CDs £8 50p plus P&P each – for multiple purchases contact Leslie direct e.g. any 3 CDs £20
These CDs have had fantastic reviews and represent just a selection – go to Leslie’s Products page for more CDs including the beautiful (ABRSM listed) Christopher Ball Concerto
Below BRAHMS and ROTA Sonatas with Michael Pollock piano
plus the ROTA TRIO for Clarinet with super star of 2CELLOS Stjepan Hauser and Yoko Misumi
Below – Romantic Trios – nominated for the BBC Music Magazine Chamber Music awards and given five stars in the BBC mag.
STJEPAN HAUSER of 2CELLOS on all three works: Beethoven, Brahms and Bruch with Yoko Misumi piano
Rave reviews in the American International Clarinet Association Magazine ” THE CLARINET” (see reviews page)
Right – Roma Cafolla’s
beautiful romantic music
hauntingly beautiful pieces for clarinet and interesting combinations of instruments including clarinet and violin, harp, flute and piano plus the Irish bodhran drum
Fantastic value – a two CD set given a rave review by David Campbell in the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain magazine “Clarinet & Saxphone” (see reviews page)
THE EDUCATOR’s GUIDE to THE CLARINET
Below the cover of the latest edition
Tom Ridenour’s book gives attention to every aspect of clarinet playing from reed selection, mouthpiece selection, embouchure formation, breathing technique and far more is explained in meticulous detail. Worth every penny as knowledge is invaluable.
It will improve any clarinettist and teacher. Not just for teachers – this is a book for all clarinettists to learn how to play the clarinet PROPERLY !!
THE THUMB SADDLE – a solution for tight closed fingers and tension in the hands
Thumb saddle attached to a conventional fixed position thumb rest
fits on the back of the conventional thumb rest and effectively increases the diameter of the clarinet, opening the hand to give more individual digital control and eliminate tension (but only if the thumb rest is in the correct position – i.e. index and thumb opposite each other. ) If you suffer from pain in the wrist or arm (possibly caused by tendonitis) this simple device could help you.
Note from Leslie: If your thumb rest is not in the optimum position with index finger opposite thumb, then I strongly recommend you have a repair technician move it and then attach the Thumb Saddle.
Please state if your current thumb rest is adjustable and if it is Leslie will include some material at no extra cost to allow the saddle to be attached without a gap between the body of the clarinet and the saddle. For normal fixed thumb rests no extra packing is necessary.
Below left: an adjustable thumb rest with Thumb Saddle attached but no packing material – see the gap between clarinet body and the thumb rest and Saddle – this is often the situation with adjustable thumb rests. Below right a much better solution is to attach some felt or Velcro to the body of the clarinet to give more stability to the Saddle. If you let me know if you have an adjustable rest I will include some felt packing free of charge.
Right: an adjustable thumb rest with packing felt attached to the body of clarinet to take up the gap and make a much more comfortable fit for the Thumb Saddle – this can be done with felt or Velcro and is simple to do simply cut the felt to size and affix it sticky side to the body of the clarinet
TOM RIDENOUR’s CLARINET FINGERING BOOK (the best !)
not only offers myriad fingerings but also suggests many instances of where in the clarinet repertoire the fingerings can be used.
……(I believe this is the best fingering book there is …. – Les)
The absolute benchmark of fingering books selling hundreds per year and with suggestions as to where in the repertoire to use the fingerings – Tom Ridenour’s comprehensive book is a must for serious clarinettists …..
ULTIMAX CORK GREASE & ROLLER and PIVOT LUBRICANT
Price includes UK shipping.
For overseas orders please contact Leslie direct at firstname.lastname@example.org
The synthetic cork grease that actually moisturises the cork – this grease is the best around and you will use less of it hence it is good value – as it is extremely effective
This sticky grease is amazing – once it comes into contact with metal it becomes super slick and rods that are loose and causing clicks and metallic noise are silenced miraculously. Pivots and rollers become super efficient and silent. Especially good for large instruments – Bass clarinet Saxes etc.
Now available in a larger quantity in a syringe for easy and sparing application.
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Hardwood reed case £40 postage to UK addresses £4.00 Overseas £12.00
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