How Much Does a Bass Clarinet Cost?
A bass clarinet, part of the clarinet family, is found in marching bands, orchestras and concert bands.
How much is it?
- On average, a bass clarinet can cost anywhere from $1,500 to as much as $22,000 for a higher end model but expect to pay anywhere from $1,500 to $4,900 for a student version.
- For example, the Vento 500 Series Bass Clarinet is made of a tough ABS resin that can resist damage and can cost $1,500 to $3,000. A higher end model such as the Selmer Paris Model can cost $22,500 to $33,000.
- Refer to our table below to see what each brand may cost you.
|Buffet Crampon||- Tosca Bass Clarinet: $13,000|
- Greenline 1193 Prestige Low C Bass Clarinet: $11,500
- 1193 Prestige Low C Bass Clarinet: $11,500
- 1183 Prestige Low Eb Bass Clarinet: $10,500
|Jupiter||- JBC1000N Bass Clarinet: $2,100|
- JBC1000NC Bass Clarinet to Low Eb: $2,000
|Leblanc||- 7182 Contrabass Clarinet: $5,200|
- Model 60 Bass Clarinet: $6,000
|Selmer Paris||- 1430LP Bb Bass Clarinet: $2,000|
|Vito||- 7168 Low Eb Bass Clarinet: $1,900|
|Yamaha||- Student Bass Clarinet with Low Eb: $2,200|
- YCL-622II Low C Professional Bass Clarinet: $9,000
- YCL-621 Low Eb Professional Bass Clarinet: $7,900
What is going to be included?
- The bass clarinet is usually pitched in B♭, but it plays octaves a note below the soprano B♭ clarinet. They can also be found in C and A keys, but this is relatively rare.
- Modern bass clarinets will be straight-bodied, with a small silver-colored bell and curved metal neck; however, older bass clarinets can vary in shape, similar to a bassoon. Most are made from an African Blackwood or if it’s a student body, it will be manufactured from a plastic resin.
- Like other clarinets in the family, the bass clarinet will use the Boehm system of keys and fingering. This means it will have the same fingering to other clarinets; however, this isn’t always the case as there are some clarinets that use the Oehler system of keywork, which is known as the “German” system in the United States.
- The bass clarinet range can play down to a concert B-flat below the bass staff; however, there are instances in history where the clarinet was written in bass clef or as a mixture of bass and treble clefs.
- The average bass clarinet weighs about 15 pounds.
- Companies may include a case and a strap, depending on the brand.
What are the extra costs?
- Additional reeds may be necessary, but it will depend on a personal preference. Reeds can cost $10 to $25 per pack, depending on the brand.
- A case will be necessary to protect the clarinet from wear and tear. While optional, it is highly recommended that one is purchased. A case can cost anywhere from $75 to as much as $400 or more.
- A bass clarinet mouthpiece, which some people purchase for either a backup or to replace the one the clarinet initially comes with, can cost $35 to more than $500, depending on the brand.
- Neck straps may come with the clarinet straight from the manufactured but this isn’t always the case. Even if the clarinet comes with one, many opt to purchase one that is higher in quality. These straps will be recommended since this type of clarinet is heavy and will need to be supported by these straps.
- Stands, music sheets, and lessons, while optional, should also be considered.
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Tips to know:
- Most experts will recommend you should store a wood clarinet the same way that you would handle a baby. This means keep it out of the cold and warmer temperatures.
- When you’re not using your clarinet, always get in the habit of keeping it in your case.
How can I save money?
- Consider renting the instrument from a local music shop to get a good idea of how it works and if you’ll like playing it. Renting will be much cheaper, and some stores may even offer a rent to buy program.
- If you’re not going to play the instrument professionally or daily, it may be best to consider purchasing it used. Websites, such as Craigslist and eBay, may have listings 30% to 40% of the retail price.
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