Nuvo NCR4 Clarinéo Plastic Clarinet, White with Pink Trim
The Clarineo is an affordable starter instrument ideal for very young beginners and adults. Available in a variety of colours, this attractive instrument offers a stronger and more durable construction than its predecessor, the C Lyons clarinet. The lightweight nature of the instrument will allow children to begin playing at around the age of six, giving them a four or five year musical advantage. It has the added benefit of using a plastic reed and clip in ligature saving time, effort and money.
The Clarineo is a step up from recorder and music teachers will be able to adapt to it very quickly. As the clarineo is in the key of C it will fit into any ensemble without the added stress of transposing and will add a warm mellow tone to the group. This is an invaluable instrument for a schools music department.
Tailor-made for Primary schools
The Clarineo can be played comfortably by children as young as 6 or7, repair costs are negligible and progress is fast.
Clarineos have been designed to withstand rough treatment. An accident that would put a standard clarinet out of action would usually leave the Clarineo unscathed or, at worst, needing a replacement key to return it to playing condition.
Children like the Clarineo because it sounds 'grown up' and they can play music they hear in the world outside. As they progress through the school, they can stay with the Clarineo or, when they become physically able to handle them, move on to any instrument.
The music it can play
The range of the Clarineo extends down to E below middle C (a semitone below the range of a bass recorder). This adds a new, attractive, deeper tone to Primary school ensembles. All Primary school musical instruments are pitched in the key of C, and so is the Clarineo. It can therefore read the music of violins, recorders, glockenspiels and songs straight off the page. If the music goes too high for the child's range, as might be the case with some advanced recorder music, all the teacher has to do is to write the musical passage out one octave lower. Thus if the original tune contained the notes E F# G then the notes' names are exactly the same. (For your interest, for those notes to sound the same on a B-flat clarinet they would have to be written as F# G# A.)
Recorders to Clarinets
More children than not have at least had a go at the recorder. Those who show the most progress could move to a Clarineo. For a school to buy a stock of, say, 8 or 9 would not break the bank. Once the instruments are in the school quite a few children would be attracted to own them themselves.
The sound of a Clarineo is attractive to children. Its 'grown up', clarinet-like sound is suitable for musical styles such as folk, jazz and classical. You'll find children are keener to play Clarineos than recorders.
Musical uses of the Clarinéo in the Primary school ensemble
Play the tune solo or unison with voices (thus supporting the vocal line
Double the tune one octave lower than the recorders
Play parts written for violins, flutes, or voices
Provide harmony to the tune (the tone of a group of clarinets is particular suitable for this
Play a bass line (the lowest note is E below middle C)
Reviews and Comments
WINNER OF THE BRITISH DESIGN AWARD
Panel judges' comments:
"The product was considered to be excellent value, especially compared to conventional clarinets and this made it more accessible to children. The company has addressed all the factors which inhibit children form learning the traditional Bb flat clarinet, its weight, size, cost, fragility and difficulty in producing notes, and remedied them. The company has taken a new approach to a conventional instrument without it being electronic. This was a pioneering use of plastics incorporating a clever use of moulding. The result was a very robust instrument with a good acoustic quality."
- Light and easy to manage
- Three octave range from E to G
- No overhaul or repairs costs
- Key work is made of Delrin – completely waterproof, no re-padding costs
- In the key of C so will easily play along with normally pitched instruments; guitar, piano, flute, violin, recorder etc.
- Enables children to take up additional instruments that use the same or similar mechanism and fingering, such as the clarinet and saxophone
- Perfect ergonomics for youngsters – hence they start off with correct holding and posture rather than acquiring bad habits in trying to compensate for their young bodies having to master an instrument designed for adults
- Great for kids and adults