Andrew has been working closely with Bill Connor’s on his new Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Wind Band. It will be premiered by Andrew and the MWO at the Philharmonic Hall Liverpool on Sunday 17th June 2018 as part of the MWO’s 40th birthday celebrations for further details see http://www.maghullwindorchestra.co.uk/ 

Andrew has also been invited to perform this new work at the International Clarinet Association’s 2018 Clarinetfest in Ostend see link below


New arrivals

Following on from the success of his mouthpieces, Brad is also now offering his own brand reeds ARIA

We currently have limited stock of strength 3.5-4.5 which are currently £32 inc shipping for a box of ten

Reaction has been extremely positive to these reeds, which offer great  consistency with almost all working straight out of the box!


Behn Mouthpieces

The latest batch of Brad Behn’s mouthpieces are now in stock including his new Behn™ Rod Rubber II model limited availability so don’t wait too long to try these for yourself…

Latest customers reviews

I have only known Andy personally a short time, but I have been aware of him for considerably longer, having blown several colleagues instruments that have had the ‘ARCS’ magic performed on them. He worked on my B&H 1010, improving the C#/G# note by removing and fitting a custom C#/G# tone hole and reshaping the key. He also tweaked and altered the shape and feel of the key-work to make it feel more like a Buffet. What a massive improvement. He has since gone on to adjust my R13 ‘A’ clarinet to correct two very stuffy notes, and has done a complete overhaul of My Buffet S1 Bb clarinet using his latest Mk 5 pads. 
Andy is a genius, not only is he a wonderful soloist/clarinet player himself, but is also a marvellous technician. He is able to offer his personal knowledge of playing to advise you and then execute the highest level of workmanship to his repairs, modifications and overhauls. He is very easy to communicate with, and from the very outset, it is clear that he knows everything there is to know about clarinets. He is also able to offer advise on everything from posture to mouthpiece choice, (I am now using a Brad Behn mouthpiece purchased from Andy). 

Thanks so much Andy.

Mike Read, freelance woodwind Specialist and Tutor Leicestershire

I am writing to thank you for the recent overhaul of my lovely Leblanc Concerto 2 clarinet.
I am strictly an amateur player who started on clarinet many yeas ago and who now plays tenor saxophone as well as clarinet. I have never lost my love of the clarinet and have now decided to devote equal time to it along with my tenor.
I decided that if I am going to progress I need to play an instrument which is in first class condition. Any insufficiency in my playing will therefore be down to me and not the instrument.
Andrew has been wonderfully helpful and has restored my Leblanc beautifully and also provided a superior Leblanc barrel which has improved the sound immensely. Thank you for your expertise and kindness Andrew. I will, of course, always use your service in the future.
With kind regards.

Robin Aitkin  Keen amateur! Dumfries & Galloway

Just wanted to drop you a line as promised and tell you how pleased I am with the overhaul you did on my Bb clarinet. The whole thing is balanced beautifully and plays so evenly and smoothly! It responds like a new instrument. It’s always daunting handing over an instrument for repairs, but I know how seriously you take your work and so I knew I could trust you to do your absolute best for me. You didn’t disappoint! Your patience in helping me get to the bottom of an issue which had been plaguing me (and other instrument technicians!) for months was greatly appreciated. I can’t wait to get the A done now. Thank you so much for the new lease of life you’ve given to my much-loved Buffet 🙂

Anne Harper Freelance clarinettist Belfast

Andrew  performed the Guy Woolfenden Concerto, in the presence of  Guy’s widow Jane Woolfenden, on Saturday 18th November 2017 with the  Liverpool Mozart Orchestra in their memorial concert for Guy Woolfenden at Liverpool’s Princes Road Synagogue. He also performed the Weber Concertino and an appropriate encore for the venue, Bela Kovacs brilliant klezmer work Sholem Alekhem Rov Fiedman!  you can watch the video of the encore below





Andrew performing Kovacs Sholem Alekhem (photos curtesy of Alan Humphreys photography)










New educational videos section added

We hope you will find this new section helpful, new items will be added as often as we can however, the workshop is very busy right now so it may take a while. Just click on the link in the menu bar to see the videos on the importance of the correct thumbrest/position


New Pre owned stock now available

We now have some additions to the pre owned stock

 Check the revised list on the for sale section for more exciting additions including ligatures!

Latest arrivals now awaiting preparation in the ARCS workshop

Buffet R13 Greenline

Beautiful Buffet Festival A clarinet


 New Price!

We have delighted to say that we can now offer these outstanding bass clarinet crooks at a discounted price

If you haven’t tried one yet this is the time to see what it can do for your bass clarinet – its a bit like adding a turbo charger, now with a 10% discount you can enjoy one for less!


 Advertise your second hand instruments

Want to sell your second hand instruments then advertise your second hand clarinets somewhere that will attract interest. With some many hits our website offers the perfect place to add you instrument, include a picture and make it sell quickly. Why pay too much commission? Our initial commission rate of just 5% is the lowest available and will mean you get more cash from your instrument sale. Ask about our enhanced sales offer, you can’t lose! Contact us at sales@theclarinet.co.uk for further details.