Welcome to ROYAL Musical Instruments friends. We are a five year old company on a mission to bring purpose back to instrument manufacturing. Our new collection of instruments are being thoughtfully made to answer a few questions we have asked ourselves for sometime in the industry:
- As instrument manufactures increasingly use Chinese production facilities to make their instruments (think Buffet, Backun, Selmer, Uebel and others) why are prices going up instead of coming down?
- Can anyone afford another beautifully made $7000+ clarinet made with extra keys and exotic wood ‘just because’?
- How are clarinets being designed to help clarinetists ‘better their best’ with their products and services?
In the USA, the most competitive market in the world, we see no rhyme or reason to how new clarinets are made. We are in an industry that is so mature, it, hmm… well might be ready to do what all really, REALLY ‘mature things’ do- kick the bucket and die.
But seriously. Actually we are being serious: We don’t see any of the large clarinet manufactures today affordably helping clarinetists get farther faster with their instrument designs. The only thing we see racing up to the top is the price of their clarinets and the number of new artists acquired that each team is keeping score with.
The shocking thing about this, really, is that while we ALL share a love for what a great instrument sounds like, and there are many amazing artists who play beautifully on them, BOTTOM LINE: their endorsement is not a recipe for your success.
A CLARINETISTS TRUTH
We all are searching for very similar things in our playing, yet how each of us arrives there is so very different. That’s what we are here to do at ROYAL Musical Instruments. We live to help you make equipment shopping more straightforward, easier to understand, and as a result of both, more affordable.
As part of that effort, we will be rolling out online education through our partnership with Lisa’s Clarinet Shop to give you more skills and also to teach you about voicing and what role it plays in equipment selection. Most clarinetists today want a dark sound, but also want color and flexibility. Our instruments are designed for this purpose. They are made to help you solve your playing challenge gaps at the intersection of your conflicting tastes between rich and dark, and colorful and flexible. Through our voicing course, delivered by the one and only, Lisa Canning, you will learn how to match your natural voicing with the right clarinet.
Through our 2-day intensive we will be launching this summer, we can help demystify the hand selection process with you. This will help you become more aware of mechanically what is- and is not- fixable on a new instrument, what impact it has on sound when mechanically addressed, and how to decide which clarinet is right for you as a result of you and your instrument’s natural voicing abilities.
Between our educational offerings and our handmade craftsmanship, we want to help you achieve your expressive best. The right equipment matters greatly. It has to be accessible, easy to understand, and affordable to reach more capable hands. This is what prompted us to launch our new company in the US.
Together, as your ROYAL team, we come together to give you the ROYAL TREATMENT. Combined, we have over 100 years of teaching, performing, design, and industry experience. We have worked alongside of artists, teachers and their students to serve you all humbly in different capacities over the years.
Regardless if your student needs to find an instrument that can easily produce a beautiful sound, and will help their sound mature and stabilize almost immediately;
Or you, as a professional, need to find an instrument that can provide a better balance between a darker color of sound while still maintaining flexibility so your sound has warmth, glow and is still colorful;
We are designing instruments purposefully to bridge gaps and conflicting tastes easily.
As we unveil our collection, know that with each model we release we will be helping one clarinetist after another better their best. We look forward to helping you do the same as well!
We think you deserve the ROYAL TREATMENT. Don’t you?
Lacy, Yuan and Lisa