Clarinets are a member of the woodwind family. They are made from various plastics and the better quality instruments are made from wood. Invented sometime around 1800 by Johann Denner, it quickly evolved from a simple three keyed instrument to the type of instrument we see today over the following 70 years. Unlike the saxophone that appeared almost fully formed by efforts of Adolf Sax.
The tone is generated on a clarinet by a carefully crafted section of Arundo donax cane called a "reed", that is clamped to a mouthpiece and then air is blown between the gap at the end. This sets up a wave in the saxophone tube and a tone is created.
The exact design, manufacture and quality of the cane reed is critical to the sound and longevity of the reed. At Reeds Direct we have made it our mission to find the very best reeds available in as many different designs and styles as possible to enable you to find the right reed for you