Bliss-ful Clarinets from Leblanc
Written by Colin Murray   
Thursday, 28 February 2008

TOGETHER WITH YOUNG world-class clarinetist Julian Bliss, Conn-Selmer has
introduced its new Leblanc by Backun Bliss clarinets. Under 20 years old, Bliss has
been a featured soloist for orchestras on three continents and is a favorite of the royal
Acoustically designed by renowned clarinet expert Morrie Backun in collaboration
with Julian Bliss, Bliss clarinets feature a bore that requires less air pressure but
allows for exceptional versatility, control, and playability. Three models have been
created for players who are eager to move more quickly into a higher level of per-
formance. All three include the same highly refined keywork featuring an over-arm
crow’s foot with adjustment screws, low E reinforcement bar, left hand F/C adjust-
ment screw, and adjustable thumb rest. Additionally, all models feature Valentino
pads for reliability and durability, as well as key plating options of nickel plate, silver
plate, and even black chrome.

Model LB320 is a full composite instrument with special acoustically designed bell
and barrel. It is recommended for most students and will be widely available for
rental through music dealers.
Model LB310 features a Backun-designed grenadilla
wood barrel, composite body and bell, and a hard rubber mouthpiece. This model is
protected in a small and stylish backpack-style carrying case.
Model LB210 is a fully grenadilla instrument with Backun-designed barrel and bell. Silver plated keywork
and hard rubber mouthpiece are also standard. Protected by a mid-sized backpack-
style case, this instrument is the perfect step-up for all clarinetists.
“The new Leblanc Bliss line of clarinets brings a professional level of instrument
design to beginning and intermediate students,” said Steve Nelson, director of mar-
keting for clarinets and double reeds. “Clarinet instructors and band directors will
find that their students will progress to higher levels more quickly, and that these new
models will support an advancing student through many years of training and per-

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