The bass clarinet is a musical tool of the clarinet family. Bass clarinets in other keys, peculiarly C and A, also exist, but are very rare by contrast to the average A clarinet, which is quite common in classical music. Bass clarinets continually perform in orchestras, wind ensembles/concert bands, sometimes in marching bands, and play an occasional solo role in modern music and jazz in particular. Most modern bass clarinets are directly bodied, with a small upturned silver coloured metal bell and curved metal neck. Early examples varied in shape, some having a doubled body making them look comparable to bassoons. The bass clarinet is fairly heavy and is supported either with a neck strap or an adjustable peg attached to its body. While Adolphe Sax imitated its upturned metal bell in his design of the larger saxophones, the 2 contraptions are fundamentally various. Bass clarinet bodies are normally made up of grenadilla African Blackwood or more commonly for scholar instruments plastic resin, while saxophones are typically made from
metal. Metal bass clarinets exist, but are rare. More significantly, all clarinets have a bore it truly is truly an analogous diameter along the body. This cylindrical bore differs from the saxophone's conical one and gives the clarinet its characteristic tone, inflicting it to overblow at the 12th
in comparison with the saxophone's octave.