Here she is! My new alto clarinet! It’s my first wooden clarinet. It’s a Noblet 60N alto clarinet that was made in France in 1964 and was just reconditioned. I have decided to name her Atago.
Also decided to continue being Vandoren trash and bought a B44 mouthpiece and actual alto clarinet reeds instead of continuing to use JAVA alto sax reeds.
I’ve been playing it for a bit and the combination of alto clarinet reeds and the B44 show a huge leap in quality over the JD Hite I was using. Needless to say, this alto blows the Bundy I already have out of the water.
In one sense, an alto clarinet’s life can be a lonely one. The alto clarinet being an uncommon instrument, there are not many who can teach it or give advice on how to play it, so it’s something the alto clarinetist must figure out on their own, in many cases. It can make you feel alone. But in another sense, the alto clarinetist’s life is not lonely. The alto clarinet, not being much of a solo instrument, is found in ensembles such as wind bands and clarinet choirs, and playing with others can combat loneliness.