Thanks to Dan Farchione and his daughter for giving me the opportunity to review this clarinet.
Bore LH joint top: 14.9 mm
Bore LH joint at bottom: 14.67mm This shows a greater variance than most poly-cylindrical clarinets, starting from almost a wide bore. I normally count 15mm as the wide bore category, so this almost starts there.
Intonation summary: This intonation is very, very good intermediate intonation. I recommend getting a shorter barrel, because in most student bands, this clarinet will be flat compared to other the flutes and brass instruments. I am also going to undercut the A throat-tone tone hole slightly, which will help the last two throat tones to not be so flat. The A key is raising plenty high. If I didn’t test playing so loudly, the flat notes would not be flat. And it may be my set-up that makes the top two upper-register notes so flat. This clarinet came to me with a Vandoren B45 mouthpiece. If I used that mouthpiece, the throat tones would be way flat. That mouthpiece is probably not a good match for this horn.
Key work quality: Excellent silver plated keys. When I needed to bend one or two of them, I didn’t find them extremely hard, but certainly good.
This clarinet is most appropriate for: Any player. This is a very nice step-up horn for an intermediate to advanced student.
Quality of the wood: Wow, this is beautiful! There is a very tough plastic finish to the wood on the outside. It reminds me of the surface of a bowling ball. The bore doesn’t have this same finish. I wonder what color the wood would have been before this finish was applied.
Condition issues noted: None.