|posted: 6/16/2005 at 9:10:40 PM ET|
We used Artley when Conn made them. When UMI bought out Conn the quality really went down IMO. The Conn brand has been recently been bought out by Selmer. I understand the quality has gotten better.
There are several good clarinet brands. Yamaha, Noblet (pronounced no-blay), Normandy (made by Noblet), Buffett (pronounced buf-fay),Selmer, and Conn (Artley). Consult with your band director about the brand he/she prefers. If you are stepping up to high school look into a wood clarinet as opposed to synthetic.