Bay TV to broadcast from ARCS workshop
Last weekend Bay TV made a visit the workshop to record one half of a programme to be broadcast, commencing May 3rd 2016 for two weeks, about the work we do here. The first half will be an interview with a young clarinettist Sacha Rattle, yes the son of the famous conductor, who will be performing Weber’s 2nd Concerto in Liverpool’s St George’s Hall on the 22nd May with the Orchestra Dell Arte.
If you are in the Merseyside area or can receive Bay TV, this could be your chance to see for yourself what goes on in the secret chamber that is the ARCS workshop! Excerpts from the programme will be available here soon
ARCS Clarinet Academy 2016 announced
Andrew Roberts Course Director
Peter Glenville Clarinet
Anne James Clarinet
Caroline Smith Piano
Sunday July 17th 2016 will mark the 19th year of the Academy. The event is open to players of Grade 6 and above, or anyone that is very keen!
The day will have a variety of Masterclasses, small ensembles and classes on many aspects of clarinet playing with dedicated and inspiring tutors in a friendly and fun filled environment
We are grateful to Hope University for hosting the event which will take place at the Hope Park Campus between 10am-6 pm
For further details please email Andrew firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07968 555534
Download your application form here:
So what is pad mite?
Conventional pads are constructed from either thin leather or fish skin, stretched over felt and cardboard, or if you are a pad mite, food!
Once these little bugs have found their way into your case/instrument they need to be dealt with pretty quickly before the risk of infection becomes serious. There is a simple solution, pad mites don’t like neoprene style pads at all! if you see traces of small white dust you know who to call………ARCS!!
If you are feeling brave checkout the photos below on a recent visitor to the ARCS workshop
We are glad to say they have now been dealt with and the instrument has been sterilised!
We have just taken delivery of twin bass clarinet crooks, one for Buffet Bass Clarinets and the other for Selmer models, both are the top of the range gold plated versions of the fabulous Blashaus crooks
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!
New Pre owned stock now available
We now have some additions to the pre owned stock including a Pair of Buffet Festival Clarinets which were played on for many years by Duncan Prescott, who sadly passed away. These instruments have now been given a new lease of life in the ARCS workshop and are available for trial now at a bargain price £3500 for the pair.
Check the revised list on the for sale section for more exciting additions including ligatures!
Andrew Roberts Clarinet Service developments
Prototypes of several designs of barrels have been undergoing trials in the last few months and we expect them to be available on request in the early part of 2016
Models for the E flat Bflat and A clarinet will be available in custom designs, here are some of the results so far including the latest test in Boxwood
Currently these barrels are being played by several Principal Clarinettists in the UK….watch this space
Continuing with the development of the clarinet ARCS can now offer some significant upgrades to most clarinets. The improved C#/G# is achieved by repositioning and enlarging the tone hole making the note much clearer and less sharp. Please call for details of this customisation option.
Further Bass clarinet developments
Having discovered a crack in the middle tenon of a 25 year old bass clarinet( surprising after such a long time) a solution has been provided by sleeving the joint in metal (see pictures below).
The result was not only to avoid the crack spreading but a significant improvement in the resonance of the whole instrument. This is quite a big job but one I can recommend, call if you would like more details.
If you own a Selmer Bass clarinet and like me, you have been annoyed by the register mechanism only being sprung open on the crook key, then we have a solution! A spring and catch have been successfully added to my instrument and it is now possible to make faster transitions from notes in the upper register and across the break. Makes me wonder why the manufacturer hasn’t done that
We are pleased to announce that Andrew Roberts Clarinet Service have the latest CRYO4 and the Prelude, the budget version, of the outstanding Silverstein Ligatures, check out their site here http://www.silversteinworks.com/ligature/
My good friend Les Craven wrote an interesting article on the Silverstein ligatures which you can read here CASS-article-copy
The New Reserve and Reserve Classic reeds are now available through this website. After a period of substantial trials with many players around the UK involved, Reserve reeds now have a new profile and are proving very popular. Why not try them for yourself? Check out the D’Addario website here
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I first met Andrew, just after I joined the Ulster Orchestra three years ago, having tried his clarinets during a rehearsal I realised that my ageing Buffet clarinets were not performing as well as they could. This was mostly due to the wear over 15 years since I had never been brave enough to allow any repairer to work on my instruments as I was scared that they might change in the wrong way. Andrew worked on my clarinets in an emergency and it was clear to me that he understood my demands for the instruments. I eventually got the courage to take my instruments to the ARCS workshop in Liverpool and stayed with them to check that everything was done to my satisfaction. I was so happy with the work that was done to my instruments that meant I could play with so much more security and control, this is important to me as the clarinet sound should be flexible and easy to change colours and dynamics. I also found that legato was now much easier to achieve than I had thought possible. During our work together in the Ulster Orchestra I began to trust Andrew’s tuning ability, which is unusual as most repairers cannot play to the highest levels you need to change the tuning of an instrument for another player. I now feel I have the right tuning and setup with my clarinets for the first time in my life, I don’t know anyone else in the UK or in Europe that I trust in this way. My friends, many Principal clarinets around Europe, have been made to try my clarinets and they were all shocked as to how well they worked and how quiet the ARCS pads were. The ease of legato which no other pad has allowed before was a big surprise. I now send my friends and students to ARCS to find out for themselves what they have been missing in their clarinets! A huge thank you to a friend that has made my life easier Francesco Paolo Scola Principal Clarinet Ulster Orchestra