ALWAYS NATURALLY DRIED
WHY NATURALLY DRIED?
Why go with Naturally Air Dried Tone Wood for Clarinets?
'Naturally dried wood' almost sounds old fashioned... something they did back in the day....
These days almost all mass produced wooden clarinets are made from kiln dried wood. The fast drying process shrinks the large amount of resin in Grenadilla to little gems and leaves large hollow chambers. The center bore opens those chambers and can leave a rough surface that traps residues, dust, and moisture.
You know what moisture does to wood - Swollen tenons, cracks, warped body parts, to name just a few.
That means for you: warranty claims, administrative efforts, frustration.
5-10 Year naturally air dried Grenadilla wood is the proper way to go when building good and durable instruments of high quality.
That's why this is the only Grenadilla used in the making of Uebel Clarinets.
WHAT IS MOPANE?
Mopane is a tonewood that has been used in flute making for years but has been less common in clarinets.
This South African wood has a lower density than Grenadilla, but a much higher one than Cocobolo (which can be visually similar).
Though Mopane is hard to work with due to its hardness, the result of these efforts is a clarinet that is slightly more free-blowing and flexible than its Grenadilla counterpart and maintains a rich and warm sound with a beautiful core.
Uebel's Mopane clarinets have a beautiful sound and - especially combined with 24K gold plated keywork - stunning good looks.
The Superior, Romanza, and Zenit models are available with Mopane wood.
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