Read the review of the ARCS Bass Clarinet floor pegs here

Latest Initiative – Free loan of Buffet Greenline R13’s B flat whilst your instruments are booked into the workshop!

We are pleased to announce that we can now offer, on a first come first served basis, free instrument loan whilst your instrument is booked into the ARCS workshop. We have a fleet of 3 Buffet Greenline R13’s available for loan, which have all been overhauled in the ARCS workshop. The workshop is currently taking bookings from the end of July onwards, book early to avoid disappointment!

ARCS Buffet Greenline loan instruments

Latest model of Behn clarinet mouthpieces now available

Brad Behn, clarinetist and expert in mouthpiece acoustics and design, refacing, and customization

ARCS now have a limited selection of the latest  mid priced clarinet mouthpieces , the ” “Prescott” , from the outstanding maker, Bradford Behn. This new model features Brad’s Proprietary Rod Rubber and the latest design O rings on the tenon instead of the conventional cork. For more information use this link 


This mouthpiece is becoming increasingly popular with professional players throughout the UK and US including Andrew Roberts. The retail price is £240 for the clarinet mouthpiece, an initial trial period of seven days is offered.

Email: instruments@theclarinet.co.uk for further information.

Recent arrivals in pre owned stock

Selmer Bass Clarinet to Low Eb – £5000

This instrument was bought new by the renowned Jazz and Classical player Iain Dixon in very good condition despite not having been played for a number of years due to his upgrading to a Selmer Low C. It has nickel keys and has been re-padded with “Superpads” it has recently been checked over in our workshop and is supplied in a brand new BAM Trekking case. It can be heard being played on several of Iain’s CD’s. Further information is available on request.

ARCS Buffet R13 Prestige Bflat (2012) £2500 ono

Now offered for sale due to the professional player changing to an RC Prestige. This instrument has been regularly serviced in the ARCS workshop for a number of years and has just been serviced. It has a historic crack repaired in our workshop with replacement tone holes fitted, this is barely visible and doesn’t affect the playing experience. It has had daily use in a major symphony orchestra for a few years and has an even scale and warm resonance. Supplied in a new Buffet single case it offers a great instrument at considerably less than a new one-list price £4115!

Bossey & Hawkes 1010 being rebuilt in the workshop now

Message to all our regular customers

It is easy to forget to have your instruments regularly serviced. Once you have had our full overhaul, we strongly suggest returning it to us between 12-18 months thereafter so we can keep your instruments in peak form and add any updates! As our materials and systems are quite unique it is vital that we carry out any servicing to keep your clarinet at the highest level possible

Our specialist wood treatment needs to be re-applied in this time scale to continue to protect your clarinet. The service costs just £99 and includes swedging and replacing pad centres if required as well as cleaning, oiling the keywork and re-sealing the wood and updating to the latest improvements

We are open for business and can offer to arrange courier collections for anyone who can’t travel to our workshop, please email for further details aroberts@theclarinet.co.uk

Help combat Covid

We have assessed this latest development in “safe” clarinet playing and are now stocking the BAM clarinet pull through priced at £15 + shipping

We all need to act responsibly and reducing the condensation/spit from our instruments is a big step towards this

This product is made from high-quality microfibers
Enhanced with Silver Nano technology:
Exceptional drainage- two different materials to maximise absorption

 Antibacterial and anti-fungal properties
 Durable and long-lasting
 Easy cleaning with soap and water

One of my students has already made the joke -comes in two sizes…..Bflat and A !

This is however, the best solution to drying and keeping you and your clarinet safe we have seen so far

Latest customers reviews

Ebay can be a wonderful resource but Caveat Emptor-buyer beware.  Matthew Dickman’s experience below is all too common

“After purchasing a Buffet BC- 20 Clarinet from eBay I was having problems and sent my Clarinet to Andrew. After receiving the Clarinet Andrew informed me that there were far more problems than I initially perceived. There was everything from worn pads falling out, excessive play in the key work, badly fitted cork tenons to a very poorly repaired crack in the top joint & barrel. This Clarinet was described in the eBay listing as ‘fully serviced and correctly adjusted’ this was clearly not the case.

Andrew was incredibly helpful throughout the whole repair process. He supported me through the refund process and provided a full run down of the problems with the Clarinet resulting in me getting a partial refund helping to cover repair costs which I was ecstatic about.

After getting the Clarinet back from Andrew it plays beautifully and feels better than new! I could not recommend ARCS enough it was a pleasure to do business with Andrew, a first class service.”

Matthew Dickman

New ARCS Clarinets stock new and Pre Owned

New into the workshop:

Buffet R13

Yamaha YCL 650 new unused but updated to ARCS spec with Kooiman Thumbrest

Please check the for sale section for more details

Sponsored artist

Andrew continues to represent and is sponsored by D’Addario, Selmer Paris, Behn Mouthpieces International and Das Blashaus. He is also a Silverstein Artist