EVERY GREAT ARTIST HAS A PROTÉGÉ
Specifically designed to optimize student and intermediate clarinets, the Protégé Barrel features a tapered bore and slim shape to offer the player improved responsiveness and a sweet core sound. Cut from the same select woods as other Backun products, the Protégé Barrel is proven to increase the resonance and tone of the clarinet to help players reach their highest aspirations. Now discontinued.
Specs: Grenadilla and Cocobolo wood. Compatible with Bb and A clarinets.
Received my barrel and bell last Wednesday, and used it for a concert on Thursday. I love them both! I am amazed that my clarinet is right on for tuning!
A Great Improvement! Protege Cocobolo 65 mm
I ordered this barrel to be used with my Buffet E12F as I was looking for a slightly sweeter, more focused sound. Unfortunately for me, I had some issues when I received the barrel that were 100% my fault. In my haste to try it out, I didn't let the barrel acclimate to my environment and tried sticking it on to my clarinet immediately after grabbing it out of a 110 degree mailbox. The barrel slipped on but then was immediately stuck. I emailed Backun about it, and they responded very quickly with excellent customer support. I took their advice and headed to my repair tech who was able to get the barrel off and ream it to fit my clarinet perfectly. After that I was able to really take it for a spin and there were a few immediate differences. -The throat tones were more focused and much more in tune - The entire range of the clarinet had a tad bit more even resistance - There was a little bit extra resistance overall compared to the stock barrel - And last but not least, the sound was more focused with a little more timbre in the sound After playing on this barrel for awhile I can say it definitely sounds different, better in almost all aspects. I am absolutely glad I purchased this barrel and will definitely look into their other products once I'm ready. If you have a student clarinet and don't want to fork out another $1,000+, then I would highly recommend considering one of Backun's barrels.