I continue to be VERY impressed with these instruments! I’ve had many of my students try both the Bb and A clarinets during their lessons, and every one of them has had very positive things to say. I won’t hesitate to recommend to anyone in the market for an upgrade to consider these instruments first. They are miles above any other product that other major manufacturers have at this price point, and make high-quality artist-level clarinets available at reasonable cost.
I think that for a long time, professional and student clarinetists have been looking for two things: choice, and value. The cost of clarinets has grown out of proportion to what most students (and even professionals) can afford. I think many of us are frustrated that the cost of many professional clarinets does not necessarily reflect the quality of that product. Additionally, the instruments that are more “affordable” often come with many compromises in intonation and build quality that can make performing more difficult than necessary. This is frustrating, especially considering that wood clarinets do not last forever.
I believe the Royal clarinet line of instruments should be welcomed to the clarinet world and strongly considered. The wood is beautiful, the key work feels strong, the sound is quite good, and the intonation of the 12ths is very stable. I’m also impressed that there are additional choices for barrels and bells.
Of course, there will not be one brand or model of clarinet that is perfect for everyone; the point is that we are able to have options.
Now, when a student asks me about an upgrade, I am beyond excited to be able to recommend an instrument that is both affordable and well-built!
Searching by (a higher) price would have students missing out on an excellent set of clarinets. The consistency of tone throughout their range is superb, yet they retain a flexibility and projection every performer desires. Now all you need to do is practice!
These instruments play very well. They are very easy to voice and have a nice overall sound. The key action is comfortable, they are an excellent value and offer great warranty. Can’t imagine a collegiate clarinet professor would have any trouble whatsoever working with their student on major clarinet repertoire with this instrument.
An undergraduate student of mine was recently in the market for a professional level clarinet, and after trying out many options, we decided the best fit for her was a new Royal Classical clarinet. For a price well under $2000, my student was amazed by all the features that came standard on this clarinet. The Royal features an extra Eb pinky key for the left hand, silver played keys, and all leather pads. The bell and barrel were made out of gorgeous cocobolo wood that created an incredibly sweet sound that my student was able to make with ease. We were both shocked by how easy it was to blow through this clarinet in any register, and the sound up and down the horn was surprisingly homogenous. It was hard for my student to put this horn down because she loved it so much, and I was quite pleased with the mature sounds she was making on it. For all the extra features, the low price, and the overwhelmingly positive reaction my student had to playing this horn, it was an easy choice to say the Royal clarinet was right for her.
For the price, how even and mature of a sound these (Classical) instruments have. I love the fact I can try different barrels and bells with them too. I have not been this excited about new clarinet equipment in a long time!