Lots of names for the same type of wood! This is the most traditional material used for making clarinets.  The best wood will be free of knots and imperfections; the grain will be straight and close and even.  Some makers stain their clarinets to hide imperfections in the wood (they literally fill the knots and ‘paint’ the wood black!), but if you choose a Hanson clarinet you will be able to see the grain and the true beauty and quality of our wood.
 
 
We also use Rosewood to make clarinets which produces some of the most beautiful instruments! Lighter in colour than blackwood and some will argue ‘lighter’ in sound.  A good thing or a bad thing?  Why not ask to try one?  Rosewood clarinets are quite wonderful!
 
Will a rosewood need more looking after?
  No.  All clarinets should be cleaned out properly after playing, taking car to remove moisture especially from inside tenons.  Your rosewood will look very special but not need more attention than your friends ‘ordinary’ instruments.  It may however get a great deal of attention from all who see it!
 
 
 
Reinforced Grenadilla (BTR)
A layered blend of mixture of Grenadilla and ebonite which affords all tonal qualities of the best blackwood and the durability of ebonite.  A fabulous grain naturally occurs during the blending and in our opinion reinforced grenadilla is the ultimate material for a clarinet.  BTR is our manufacturing name for the material.  BTR stands for Bi-thermal reinforcement which is part of the production process.
 
What does a reinforced grenadilla clarinet look like?
  From a few feet away you would have great difficulty telling one from normal grenadilla clarinets.  One difference is that because of the manufacture process a greater polish can be acheived.  So, on the outside a reinforced grenadilla clarinet will have a cleaner look.  More importantly a greater polish can be achieved on the inside of the bore too, which as everyone knows will benefit the performance of the instrument.
 
 
The fundamental difference between our student clarinets and the 'big brand' competitors:
Most student clarinets are made from ABS plastic (sometimes referred to as 'Resonite' or simply 'ABS', but in simple everyday terms; plastic) which is injection moulded to form the body parts.
Hanson clarinets are different. Hanson ebonite clarinets are not injection moulded plastic!
 
What does an ebonite clarinet look like?
  From a few feet away you would have great difficulty telling apart one of our ebonite or grenadilla clarinets.
 
What is ebonite?  Is it wood?  Is it plastic?
  Ebonite is not wood.  It is not plastic.  It is made from natural rubber.  Read on....
 
'Ebonite' is a special hard rubber material which has been chosen for many years by professional players for its excellent tonal properties.  Almost all professional mouthpieces are made of ebonite to give a rich, warm and full tone.
To make the clarinet body from ebonite requires it to be machined from solid material, similar to making the clarinet body from wood.  This of course takes longer than injection moulding but the end result is superior.  The solid ebonite bar is cut along it's outside wall using a special  stone grinding wheel.  This produces the outside profile needed before the tone holes and key mounting holes can be made.  See how good the end result is by holding one of our clarinet joints up towards the light and look down the bore.  You will notice how even and clean the bore is;  no ripples or imperfections.  It is crucial that the bore and tone holes are perfectly made to get the best out of your clarinet.
 
 
 
We make clarinets from many materials
Grenadilla (Blackwood)
Reinforced Grenadilla
Rosewood
 Bells from front to back: reinforced grenadilla, rosewood, grenadilla
bodies from front to back: reinforced grenadilla, rosewood, grenadilla
Photo part way through making a rosewood bell. See next photo for finished item.
rosewood bell finished!
Rosewood (top)
Grenadilla (bottom)
reinforced grenadilla barrels under a spotlight to show up the grain.
 
ebonite bodies during manufacture.  See next photos for finished items...
an army of ebonite clarinets in the workshop...
HE-3 clarinets standing to attention!