WOODI Chalumeau WCL-71 Pear Wood Pocket Clarinet

WOODI Chalumeau WCL-71 Pear Wood Pocket Clarinet

  • 2 Piece Handcrafted Solid Pear Wood Pocket Clarinet (Chalumeau)
  • Standard Clarinet Mouthpiece & Ligature and has a removable joint for easy cleaning and fine-tuning with other instruments.
  • C-major tuning, tone range c' bis d"
  • Zipper Rain Proof Nylon pocket includes 1 Chalumeau, complete clarinet mouthpiece
  • This Chalumeau is approximately 12.25" long
This Woodi Chalumeau is something entirely new: A "blending" of clarinet and flute. The mouthpiece is an ordinary clarinet mouthpiece and the body resembles the one of a recorder. This results in a totally new wonderful sound. This instrument is the best entry or transfer from the recorder into the world of reed-instruments. Experienced clarinet/saxophone players can perfectly use this instrument for practicing and busking when underway. An expert has described this innovative instrument as follows: A small instrument in C' with more than 2 octaves, an original clarinet mouthpiece and all the possibilities of a recorder. It is suited for the beginner as well as for experienced player. The beauty of the sound is equal in every way to a big c

List Price: $ 64.95 Price: $ 64.95

3 thoughts on “WOODI Chalumeau WCL-71 Pear Wood Pocket Clarinet

  1. Kenneth Levleit
    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    The mouthpiece is garbage, and I’m not just being picky, October 15, 2014
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    Kenneth Levleit
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    This review is from: WOODI Chalumeau WCL-71 Pear Wood Pocket Clarinet
    I’ll get the disappointments out of the way first:

    1. The mouthpiece is garbage, and I’m not just being picky. The side rails were not smooth or even and the ligature is wonky. I threw it out and replaced it with one from my Yamaha clarinet. This problem majorly knocks two stars off (a flute w/o a mouthpiece is just a holey pipe).

    2. The ONE reed (2.5) it comes with is garbage. Aside from mine being chipped, it is just not good. It’s just a reed that can be replaced, but come on – this thing wasn’t a cheap toy, don’t give me a piece of scrap for a reed.

    3. The instrument comes with no documentation.

    I am pleased with the quality of the barrel. It is flawless. With a new mouthpiece and good reed, the instrument sounded pretty good. Impressive dynamics. It can play mellow, or really scream and growl. It’s a very expressive instrument, but finicky.

    The range is limited to a chromatic scale of one octave and one step, from C to D. It does not play a higher octave like the recorder. This can be remedied with very skilled playing, but a novice will shriek and squeal.

    They say it’s a good transition from recorder to clarinet, but this thing is more difficult to play than clarinet. However, there are not many other such small options for familiarizing a young child with playing reeds, so there is some truth in that statement.

    The instrument I received does not match the picture. Mine has two grooves instead of the rib near the foot, and the foot itself is not as curved. But this in no way affects how the instrument plays, so it’s not a big deal. This listing states the instrument is pearwood, but the company website lists maple. I’m clueless.

    The “rainproof” pouch is decent. I’m certainly not going to test how “rainproof” it is though. I would like an extra compartment for storing the mouthpiece separately from the instrument (see below), and storing a few reeds.

    If you buy this, DO NOT store this with the mouthpiece attached. Remove it after every use and wipe the moisture out. Water pools in the joint. A LOT of water, like enough to pour out.

    In comparison to the Yamaha instruments I own, each one coming with documentation and accessories, I think this package is quite sparse, especially considering the price. With a mop, pack of reeds, and a quality mouthpiece, it’s worth $70. As-is, $30 is a fairer price.

    This thing rides a very fine line between me recommending it, or warning you to stay away. If it didn’t sound so jazzy, I’d say don’t. The only thing truly stapling me to this instrument is the familiar fingering and compact size, really.

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  2. Kyle Love
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I really enjoy using this clarinet, January 5, 2015
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    This review is from: WOODI Chalumeau WCL-71 Pear Wood Pocket Clarinet
    I really enjoy using this clarinet, but as previously said, the mouth piece is garbage, but can be replaced. if your new to instruments and want a pocket sized reed, I would recommend checking out the pocket saxophones first before choosing this.

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  3. reader1
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Just use a recorder., December 23, 2015
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    Reed came broken. Poor craftsmanship. Certainly not any better than a plain recorder.

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