Rheuben Allen Plateau Clarinet

$695.00

Plateau clarinets make life a lot easier for people with small hands, and those with hand injuries or disorders.

They also tend to have a more even tone color across the range of the instrument, as all of the holes are covered. In a typical clarinet, air can vent through open and closed holes, producing varying resistance and tone as you move up and down the horn. On a plateau, the covered holes mean air is always pushing again the top of a pad, thus creating a more balanced tone.

Rheuben Allen Plateau Clarinet

These clarinets are made of ABS and are set-up in house by Austin before they leave the shop.

They come with cork grease and a Rheuben Allen Acoustic Plastic mouthpiece and ligature.

Shipped in a hard case.

Description

Plateau clarinets make life a lot easier for people with small hands, and those with hand injuries or disorders.

They also tend to have a more even tone color across the range of the instrument, as all of the holes are covered. In a typical clarinet, air can vent through open and closed holes, producing varying resistance and tone as you move up and down the horn. On a plateau, the covered holes mean air is always pushing again the top of a pad, thus creating a more balanced tone.

Testimony from Rheuben’s website:

“It is amazing! I honestly didn’t think that I would be able to do it! But it is working wonderfully. There are a couple of notes I am struggling with because my pinkies are particularly weak and uncoordinated ( I don’t use my left pinky when I type), but I bet with practice and development of some new muscle memory, I will get those notes too. And my students have benefitted already! I have been teaching low notes and they were sounding really wispy and weak. This week I played for them on the clarinet you sent and all of a sudden I have clarinet players with a rich dark sound!!!
It feels good to be able to have that little bit of myself back and to be able to share it with my students!!
Thank you again!!
Jill (From Canada)

Pete K.
Got the clarinet Thursday afternoon and played it all day at school on Friday. What an amazing difference for me! I had minimal pain and was playing with smoother technique. My embouchure is out of shape so my tone isn’t great yet, but it’ll come back. Thanks for all your help. This is a game changer for me!

*As many of you know I play the plateau clarinet and have for over a year now…. I started playing it because of hand problems but found there were several things I liked more on the plateau then the standard clarinets I had been using. I have a great collection of all the major brands of clarinets available…..

I worked at Buffet in California setting up the Buffet clarinets and have now payed the clarinet over 60 years…. Yes … now over 60 years…. I do hate being able to say that……

I find the plateau clarinet has a very even tone color throughout the range of the clarinet. The high notes seem to play with great ease. The ABS material responds very fast. In general I like the plateau clarinets more than the traditional clarinets.

Now keep in mind I am not playing is a symphony orchestra…. I play for my personal enjoyment and fun…… I Came out with these clarinets so young people that have small hands can play the clarinet and so older musicians that have hand problems can continue playing the clarinet.

My friends Bill Perkins who played lead alto in the Johnny Carson band played on for the last few years of his life on a Plateau clarinet…. My very good friend Jack Nimitz best known as the baritone sax player in Super Sax used one near the end of his playing…..”