Ridenour Custom Hand Reamed,
Ivorolon Clarinet BarrelTonal and Responsive Characteristics:
Compared to Grenadilla most players find Ivorolon barrels to be darker, more resonant and tonally stable than Grenadilla wood, while at the same time producing a more responsive tone of greater clarity.
Stability and Logistical Advantages:
As we mentioned above, the advantages don't stop with the superior playing characteristics of the Ivorolon barrels. Unlike Grenadilla (or any other wood) which can fluctuate in bore dimensions as much as 5 to 7 thousandths due to extreme weather conditions and changes in humidity and barometric pressure, Ridenour Ivorolon barrels remain dimensionally stable year round and are hardly affected by temperature and humidity. This means greater performance consistency and security for the clarinetist, since performance characteristics of wood barrels can fluctuate dramatically and even deteriorate irreversibly due to changer caused by extreme weather and atmospheric conditions.
Ivorolon Tenon Rings:
The durable, innovative, retro Ivorolon tenon rings not only add elegance and uniqueness to the look of the barrel, they also facilitate greater responsiveness and resonance than metal rings which, by comparison, damp resonance, slow response and add unnecessary weight
to the clarinet.
The Bottom Line:
So, with the new Ridenour Ivorolon Bb clarinets barrels you can have all the things you want in tone, tuning and response and none of the things you don't want: dimensional instability, loose rings and cracking. This means the Ivorolon barrels will give you
years and years of consistent playing satisfaction!
Ridenour Ivorolon Barrels are designed for both Bb and A soprano clarinets and come in lengths from 65 to 67 millimeters.
Ivorolon Barrels are produced in two bore styles; C and R.
The C bore is recommended for use with smaller bore, higher pitched mouthpieces.
The R, a reverse taper, is recommended for use with larger bore, lower pitched mouthpieces.