€79.00 for 3 months on our rent to buy scheme
Outstanding Student Clarinet
The new JP221 clarinets have been completely redesigned from the ground up. They are made from ABS resin, but have an appearance very similar to that of genuine grenadilla wood and they have a rich dark sound to encourage the less experienced player.
These models are lightweight, strong and easy to clean - perfect for even very young players. Visually it is very attractive with smart contemporary design silverplated body rings, neat keywork and a graceful bell curve uncluttered by the normal (unnecessary) ring. State of the art engineering has been used. The tone holes are all CNC cut and the tuning scale is very accurate. The silverplated keywork is very strong and precise so it feels good under the fingers and will be reliable for years to come. This clarinet is mounted with double fish skin pads which ensure excellent sealing and longevity.
To maximise comfort, it is equipped as standard with an adjustable thumb rest for correct and comfortable positioning (and a neck strap ring in case a sling is required).
ABS Body - Strong, resonant and lightweight
Strong silver plated keywork - For durability and longevity
Accurate tuning scale - For better performance
Adjustable thumb rest - For increased comfort
Here's a review of the JP221 by Christopher Walkers, Head of Qualifications (Music) at Trinity College London.
"Buying a student clarinet has changed a lot over the last couple of decades. Once it was a familiar choice between Buffet, Yamaha, Jupiter and a handful others, but recent years have seen an influx of mass-produced instruments from China.
The first of these were no match for the established models, relying solely on the fact that they were shockingly cheap. However, as the years passed, manufacturers slowly started producing instruments that could give the leading brands a run for their money.
I have no idea whether the JP221 is manufactured in China, but it fits this general storyline nevertheless. A few years ago I reviewed an early version of the JP221 for MT; it was cheap and promising but also somewhat flawed. Now, Taunton-based wind and brass specialist John Packer Ltd have worked carefully with their manufacturer (who I would guess is based in China) to develop a new version of the JP221 – not really recognisable as related to the earlier model, and much improved for it.
Anyone who has been handling student clarinets for more than a few years will tell you that production values in this category have generally gone up, and the JP221 is no exception. This instrument gives an impression of quality, from the smart black case with detachable rucksack straps to the smooth wood-effect body and shiny silver-plated keys. Additionally, the design of the JP221 gives a pleasing feeling of individuality – not bad at this price point.
To play, the JP221 lives up to its exterior. The instrument I was sent had been superbly set up and was convincingly airtight – not always a given with student clarinets. The intonation was secure and the tone was full and even, giving little suggestion that this is plastic clarinet. The mouthpiece supplied was ample for the job, and the instrument also responded well with my own mouthpiece.
For readers who are wondering why I can’t offer any negatives, the reason is that there aren’t really any. For nearly £100 less than the market-leading Buffet, this instrument should definitely be among those you try before you buy."