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Tonewood for Woodwind Instrument Makers

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Exotic tonewood for woodwind instrument makers

ProSono specialises in supplying high-quality African hardwood for the manufacture of musical instruments, including woodwind instruments.

For example, we supply:

Our musical-grade hardwood is meticulously selected and processed. It is responsibly harvested, expertly dried and sawn to required dimensions. It is then carefully packaged and shipped to our customers around the globe.

Hardwood species

*Please note that African blackwood and black chacate are subject to increasingly tight supply constraints.

“What I received from ProSono was the best wood I ever saw. All the pieces were indeed musical quality. I have never had a 100% yield before.”

~ Ron Peeler, Peeler Fifes

Mopane for instruments

MOPANE TONEWOOD FOR WOODWIND INSTRUMENTS: PARTS WE ENDEAVOUR TO KEEP IN STOCK 

Standard sizes in mm | Where relevant, sections of blanks are indicated before lengths

Clarinet sets

Bells

85/85 x 45/45 x 130

Lower joint

40 x 40 x 320 or 40 x 40 x 285

Upper joint

40 x 40 x 245 or 40 x 40 x 230

Barrel

51 x 51 x 80 or 43 x 43 x 80 or still 40 x 40 x 80

Bass clarinets

40 x 40 x 780 ; 40 x 40 x 760 ; 40 x 40 x 720

or

51 x 51 x 700 and 51 x 51 x 550

Alto clarinets

40 x 40 x 460 or 40 x 40 x 410

Oboes

Bells

65 x 65 x 150 or 60 X 60 x 140

Joints

40 x 40 x 285 or 36 x 36 x 270 or still

32 x 32 x 265

English horns

Bells

70 x 70 x 140

Joint

40 x 40 x 410

Flutes

33 x 33 x 380 or 33 x 33 x 330

or still 33 x 33 x 265

30 x 30 x 510 or 30 x 30 x 410

or still 30 x 30 x 325 and 30 x 30 x 300

28 x 28 x 410 or 28 x 28 x 325

or still 28 x 28 x 270

Piccolos

28 x 28 x 250 + 30 x 30 x 150

Highland bagpipes (HBPs)

14 mopane blanks of 11 different sizes, representing a total of 6.555 dm3.

1 X 54 x 54 x 305 + 2 X 51 x 51 x 225 + 1 X 43 x 43 x 385 + 1 X 47 x 47 x 310 + 1 X 47 x 47 x 195 + 2 X 47 x 47 x 160 + 1 X 47 x 47 x 125 + 1 X 47 x 47 x 115 + 1 X 40 x 40 x 310 + 2 X 40 x 40 x 245 + 1 X 40 x 40 x 220

For mopane for Uilleann pipes (Irish pipes), English pipes, gaitas (Spanish pipes) and bombarde (French pipes), our page on pipes and folkloric instruments provides exact dimensions.

Exotic tonewood for woodwind instruments

Tonewood for clarinets

We offer:

  • mopane clarinet sets
    Mopane is increasingly popular with clarinet makers worldwide. It is an excellent and sustainable alternative to African blackwood, with a warm, rich sound quality and attractive colouring. Mopane clarinets have a unique high pitch sound that makes them preferred instruments for modern and jazz music. Our clients have noted that mopane is also more stable during turning than African blackwood, with less susceptibility to splitting.
  • clarinet sets in pink or red ivory
    Pink or red ivory is technically suitable for woodwind instruments. It offers a density equal to or greater than 1.0 t/m3 and low porosity – and the wood is uniquely beautiful!
  • African blackwood (grenadilla) clarinet sets
    African blackwood remains a favoured wood for clarinets – but availability of this wood is increasingly constrained. African blackwood been classified as a CITES 2 endangered species since 2017. The wood quality is such that only a small proportion of harvested wood is unsuitable for musical instruments. Also, the species’ endemic region of North Mozambique has been at war for the past five years. Forests and ports are controlled by jihadists, and no harvesting is possible. ProSono has limited legal supplies from two countries, in two different regions, with the necessary CITES permits. However, our supply is very limited.
  • black chacate clarinet sets
    Black chacate is a high-density wood suitable for a range of woodwind instruments (including clarinet and classical flute), with a warm, rich sound. Our supply of black chacate is, however, limited.

We also offer other high-quality African hardwoods for clarinets.

For example, a leading clarinet maker among our clients has experimented successfully with African leadwood for clarinets. Visually, the leadwood looks indistinguishable from African blackwood.

We also supply African olive sets, sought after for baroque instruments.

Tonewood for oboes

We supply high-quality mopane sets for oboes, cut to required dimensions.

Tonewood for English horns

ProSono offers mopane sets for English horns, with bells and joints cut to suitable dimensions.

Tonewood for flutes and piccolos

We offer tonewood blanks for flutes and piccolos, as well as pipes and other folkloric instruments.

We supply mopane for flutes and piccolos, as well as pink or red ivory, wild olive and, subject to supply limits, African blackwood and black chacate.

Worth a listen!:

A performance of Bartolomé Pérez Casas’ Intermezzo, featuring a mopane clarinet played by Jochen Seggelke of Schwenk & Seggelke: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwPeeVu01bQ

Acclaimed New Orleans jazz clarinetist, Dr. Michael White, playing a mopane clarinet and reflecting on his experiences of New Orlean’s jazz history: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORRB9h-Ez8o

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