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Orsi & Weir Clarinets

Discussion in 'Websites/Blogs/Books' started by Ed, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. Ed

    Ed Founder Staff Member Administrator

  2. Thanks for pointing to the article!

    I spoke to John on the 'phone a few years back (when I bought an Orsi curved sopranino from him) and found him most helpful, knowledgable and easy to deal with. It was nice to read a bit on his current activitites and to see his picture ? and a handsome bearded man he is too!
  3. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

    Their website: http://www.orsiandweir.com/
    Orsi's website: http://www.orsi-wind-instruments.it/ (they're now making reproduction boxwood instruments, too)

    Orsi's clarinet offerings look really kewl. They seem to offer a couple different fingering systems and a variety of materials. I really like the way the cocobolo ones from Orsi & Weir look. Odd little barrels, though.

    Hey, Merlin, you know about these. How 'bout a mini-review?
  4. Merlin

    Merlin Content Expert/Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

    Yes Pete, I do know a thing or two about them. John was the go-to sax tech in Toronto for many years, and I went to him for work on my horns 'til the day he closed up shop. I bought my first Martin Committee alto from him, as well as the Selmer bass clarinet I still play.

    I also played in an orchestra with Patti. BTW - the pic of them two of them on their website was taken by me at NAMM two years ago.

    When I was with Gary Armstrong Woodwinds we were the first dealer in the Toronto area to start carrying them.

    The instruments don't have different fingering systems, but they do have different bore tapers. I liken them to Buffet's R-13 and RC instruments.

    The barrels and bells on the Euro taper models appear to have wooden rings - they actually have hidden metal rings reinforcing the socket. The exotic wood barrels have a grenadilla insert for dimensional stability.

    One of the barrels I use with my own clarinet is an Orsi & Weir in cocobolo wood.

    If they ever get their long awaited A clarinet out, I'd be very tempted to buy a pair - since a cocobolo A would probably give me a several clarinet GAS attack.
  5. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

    Sorry; I meant "they offer Boehm, 'German' (probably standard Oehler) and M?ller system keywork". It's mentioned on http://www.orsi-wind-instruments.it/surichiesta.htm and http://www.orsi-wind-instruments.it/clarinets_list.htm.

    Several Orsi A clarinets are available. http://www.orsiandweir.com/woodwinds_cl ... _model.php. See also the other links. Includes cocobolo.
  6. Merlin

    Merlin Content Expert/Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

    Orsi in Italy offers those options - along with quite an interesting list of oddball instruments.

    The Orsi & Weir instruments only come in Boehm system. I know about the webpage A info...but I've yet to see one in the wood.
  7. Gandalfe

    Gandalfe Admin and all around good guy. Staff Member Administrator

    Orsi is cool. I have one of their curved bells (think a smaller version of the alto clarinet bell) for the soprano clarinet. Doesn't change the sound that I can tell but is weird looking. :ugeek:
    Last edited: May 4, 2008
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