Contrabass Clarinet
and Stand for Contrabass & Bass Clarinet

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A contrabassoon stand with a couple of home-made extra fitments serves well as a combined stand for a contrabass clarinet (paperclip type) 
and bass clarinet (low C model). It is necessary also to have a practical quick-acting release screw for the contrabass peg, to enable rapid 
pick-up of that instrument in performance without it standing too high while resting.

The basic stand is the König & Meyer stand no. 15045 . Prices vary a lot - look around!


leblanc contrabass clarinet This is a 1970 Leblanc contrabass clarinet, model 340. It goes down to written low D (actual note low C just above the bottom of the piano keyboard range). Later models extend two semitones lower.
stand-top.jpg (101151 bytes) The top of the stand, with an added home-made clip-on separator. The top is 265mm (almost 11in) wide, and would probably hold 3 instruments except that the up-tune and bell of the contrabass might take up too much space.
stand-bottom.jpg (146420 bytes) The foot of the stand, with an extra piece added, on which the peg of the bass clarinet rests. Were the bass clarinet to rest directly on the floor, the stand would be liable to fall over - so an addition like this is necessary.
cb-pegknob.jpg (69688 bytes) In order to be able to adjust the contrabass peg quickly between fully up and fully down, it is necessary to have a user-friendly tightening knob. The original on this instrument was useless, so it has been replaced by an M6-threaded male knob taken from a woodworking tool.
bass-contrabass-stand.jpg (177406 bytes) A low-D Leblanc "paperclip" contrabass clarinet and a low-C Amati bass clarinet on the stand. It might have been better to arrange things so that the bass clarinet went to the left instead of the right: the best solution would have been a 2-sided added fixture on the stand foot.