The new Chedeville range of Clarinet products from the USA are a very welcome addition to the marketplace. The Chedeville name is legendary in Clarinet circles due to the vintage Chedeville mouthpieces of years gone by - originally made in Paris by Charles Chedeville, a contemporary of Vandoren and Selmer. Chedeville Umbra Clarinet Barrel
This is the Chedeville Umbra clarinet barrel, available in a variety of lengths. This Umbra model is designed to offer extra depth, warmth and body to your tone. The conical interior taper of this barrel helps improve airflow and the specific internal dimensions offer improved intonation. It is produced from the proprietary 'Chedeville Rubber' which offers a beautiful tonal response. It is slightly lighter than a normal wooden barrel which aids the flexibility of response and tone.Why Upgrade Your Clarinet Barrel?
The barrel is crucial to the overall tone and response of the Clarinet. As such any change to its material and/or internal design will affect how the instrument plays and performs. In recent years there have been many developments in the internal and external designs of barrels, all of which offer the player a different character to their original.
Some barrels offer a plumper exterior which generally adds depth, weight and resonance to the sound. Others have been heavily trimmed and slimmed down to offer less weight at this nodal point which generally results in a lighter more flexible tone and response. Essentially the barrel can be a great item to change as it can offer a new colour or characteristic to your tone without disturbing your normal mouthpiece/reed set-up which you may be very comfortable with.A Short History of Chedeville Mouthpieces & Products
These original mouthpieces were made using a very resonant premium rod rubber, the mouthpieces of this era have come to be highly regarded due to their exceptional resonance and tonal quality. More recently the Chedeville name was taken over by Dr L. Omar Henderson Ph.D - a passionate clarinet player and Research Chemist. Dr Henderson set about recreating the original Chedeville rod rubber formulation which involved years of painstaking historical research and state-of-the-art modern advancements in production.
Having recreated this original Chedeville rod rubber, Dr Henderson wanted to find a new owner who could put the rod rubber material into use and who respected and cherished the Chedeville history as he did. So, in 2018, Jody Espina (founder of JodyJazz Mouthpieces) procured the Chedeville name and proprietary rod rubber formula with a mission to bring this legendary sound and performance back for modern players. Now, all the Chedeville products are manufactured from beginning to end in the JodyJazz factory in Savannah, Georgia using high-spec CNC machinery and expert craftspeople.
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