The Plateau System Clarinet
I just finished overhauling this late 1920's/early 30's French stencil plateau Boehm system clarinet and am wondering - why don't we see more of these? For folks who aren't familiar with the design, it has covered keys with pads like a saxophone, rather than open rings like a regular clarinet!
They sound great, are easy to play, are a real help for people with small hands, thin fingers, arthritis, diabetic neuropathy, and hand injuries. I've overhauled both Boehm and Albert system versions and both sounded great! They are a bit harder to work on, I admit, and I'm sure that manufacturing costs are a higher, but what a wonderful option to have available! I know there would be a demand as I receive requests on a regular basis. Does anyone know if they are still being produced by a major company in wood, ebonite or metal? Can they be special ordered? Why are they so rare? Feel free to comment....
4/26/2019 09:40:49 pm
Yes and No: There" a plastic "Hunter" plateau currently made offshore. Don't know about the reliability or material of the keys or intonation, etc. Within the past year, Conn-Selmer made one specially for a fifth grader in Lombard, IL who has cerebral palsy and wanted to play in the school band. Since Conn-Selmer now owns LeBlanc they would seem to have the tooling available.
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