Anonymous review via Feefo
A year ago, I bought an Amati C clarinet. I got this after having tried a Buffet E11, and I thought the Amati was much better: critically, it was pretty well in tune. Overall, I thought it was tremendous value for money. So I was hoping their Eflat clarinet would be equally nice. But I was disappointed. OK, Eflat clarinet tuning is always a bit of hard work , and on the plus side the altissimo wasn't too far out. But the lowest register was really poor: some notes were a full semitone sharp, so way beyond what you can lip into acceptability. Different mouthpieces didn't help, so I conclude this is a design problem with the instrument. A pity, as there aren't many alternatives for a budget Eflat between the cheap and nasty plastic jobs and full pro models.
The supplier responded:Hi, Many thanks for your recent feedback and purchase. I'm happy we could resolve this promptly for you with the collection and refund. We are now checking the Clarinet to ascertain the cause of the issues. As you mention the Amati C is very stable and usually these Eb's are also, within the realms of an Eb clarinet, but obviously it shouldn't have the problems you mention. Thanks for raising it with us and for your continued custom.
Sam - Woodwind Dept