Thomann Chalumeau Maple

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Chalumeau

  • C tuning
  • Double hole
  • Range c' to d'
  • Body: Maple wood
  • Boehm clarinet mouthpiece
  • Incl. ligature, clarinet reed, bag, wool brush, grease and fingering chart
available since June 2013
Item number 306387
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£28
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Between recorder and clarinet
Anonymous 21.02.2016
First I have to point out that this is, in today's world, more or less just a funny little instrument or something for beginners such as myself for I can see the disadvantages of all Chalumeaus just after 2 weeks.

The body is solid wood, high quality, no issues at all. The mouthpiece rather easy to scratch (the bite marks are deeper than I had expected), yet in terms of comfort or sound I cannot say, as an amateur, anything against it.

The main problem of this particular product (not instrument) is the reed. I really was not able to make a sound with it and even after I have trained with different reeds (1,2,4), this default 2.5 reed seems to be really bad. I highly recommend getting another reed (prefferably Rico 2, if you are a beginner) becuase otherwise you might simply lose interest in playing this.

Also, as Chalumeau uses clarinet mouthpiece and reeds, you can use it as a training ground before buying an actual clarinet. The basics of how to work with reeds are appliable, to some extent, even to other instruments.

Now about the negatives instrument itself. It has lower range than I expected, but that is not an issue of the product but of the whole design of the instrument itself. It has lower range then a recorder.

If you are only about to start with some instrument or have previously played just something like a penny-whistle, then this might be an interesting step up the ladder.
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A great and versatile instrument
Orfeo1608 29.04.2020
This little and cheap instrument is strongly recommended. The sound is very warm and the intonation good and stable. Fingering is teh same as the baroque flute in C so it's easy to switch. Also a great introduction to clarinet and sax. A great gift for somebody that plays tehse instruments and wants something portable. Thumbs up!!! You can play from folk to jazz on it, it sounds like an Armenian duduk or a baroque clarinet.
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change in spec?
Anonymous 28.09.2016
I've bought this lovely little instrument twice over the last 3 years and the first one was clearly better made than the second one. This may have been accidental, but it seemed to me that the quality of the mouthpiece and ligature had gone down hill. Shame, but I replaced the ligature with a better one and it is still a lovely sounding instrument for very little money!
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Amazing for the price
Jackie J 08.03.2022
I like trying rather obscure wind instruments and have fancied a chalumeau for a while. Thought I’d give this one a go being so reasonably priced for my preliminary forays. Well I’m very impressed with the quality and sound. A lovely little thing, so well made and with a good feel and weight to it. And an amazing sound. I can’t believe it was so reasonably priced. Highly recommended
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