The clarinet family is constituted of a few identical units. It consists of instruments of an entire lot of sizes, corresponding to the piccolo
clarinet or octave clarinet, alto clarinet, bass clarinet, and contrabass clarinet, apart from contraptions whose development is a touch bit different, corresponding to the basset horn. The basset horn, with its curved tube, was invented in the latter half of the eighteenth century, and was mainly utilized in works by classical composers. There are also
units of an identical size which have tubes of different length. For example, there are a number of kinds of soprano clarinet in use, with tube lengths ranging from the C tube the shortest tube to the G tube the longest. The clarinet produces sound by way of a single reed attached to the mouthpiece.