Basset Horn vs. Alto Clarinet

December 12, 2014

Bandestration

*Note – this is an update on a previous post embedded in my original post on clarinet species.

This will be one of the few times where I feel that I will need to have a debate on the merits of two instruments.  Usually, if two instruments of similar pitch exist, I would say to use them both for their merits, but not here.

Traditionally, the Alto Clarinet has been an instrument only for the band, while the Basset Horn has been an instrument only for orchestral and chamber music.  Here we get to the real difference between the two.  Professional clarinetists look at the instruments differently.  The Basset Horn is viewed favorably, while the Alto Clarinet is not.  Manufactures know this as well.  The Basset Horns being produced today are far superior to the Alto Clarinets being made.  Known design flaws in Alto Clarinets have gone unnoticed, or been neglected…

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