Muse creative freedom
The Eb Recital - conceived in the 1980s and recognized as one of the best models on the market - is bowing out to make way for the new Eb Muse clarinet.
Directly inspired by its predecessor, the Eb Muse clarinet retains its acoustic qualities while incorporating our latest improvements in pitch accuracy, ergonomics and mechanics.
For four years, the Research and Development team at Henri SELMER Paris, along with a selection of orchestra clarinetists from various countries, combined their knowledge and experience to create the professional Eb Muse clarinet. This instrument is the clarinetist’s trusted tool: its bore, its exterior diameter, its balanced pitch, its new ergonomics and its mechanics benefit from the rigorous conception and excellent manufacturing quality of Henri SELMER Paris clarinets.
Its unique dimensional characteristics and the quality of the wood give the musician the freedom to round out the instrument’s timbre, naturally rich in harmonics.
The bore and exterior diameter are identical to those of the Eb Recital. The thickness of the wood is indeed one of the main strength of the instrument, giving the musicians great confidence to play.
We then took inspiration from the advances made in the Bb and A Muse clarinets to modify the shape and positioning of certain holes to obtain a better balance of tuning.
Another new feature: the clarinet has been padded with cork (except for the 4 bass pads which remain in leather), in order to guarantee an easier emission, a more precise playing and a better definition of the sound.
Mechanics and materials
The Eb Muse clarinet is made from the finest materials. The body is made of 100% grenadilla wood, selected for its high density and stabilized for 3 years in a checked environment. The bell ring is made of black chromed metal.
- Adjustment screw for the C lever
- Optimized mechanical response for the E/G and F#/C# arms
- New position for the Eb arm
- Arm bar
- Rounded attachments on the ring line
Aesthetics and ergonomics
The ergonomics of the instrument are inspired by those of the Bb and La Muse clarinets, allowing a very quick adaptation and a great ease of playing.
- New keywork design , including:
- Left-hand little finger keyboard
- Right-hand 1st trill key
- D#/A# key
- Left-hand little finger keyboard
- New lightweight design thumb rest
Mouthpiece C85 120
Silver-plated ligature and mouthpiece cover
PRISMe case (single and double)
Maintenance kit (cleaning swab, grease stick, microfiber cloth)
Muse inspirational notebook: offered with every purchase of a Muse clarinet, this exclusive 160-page notebook was created by Henri SELMER Paris in collaboration with clarinetist Kinan Azmeh. This notebook will unleash the creativity of each artist through unique reflections and exercises.
Daisy Dugardin, Eb Clarinet of the Roots4Clarinets Quartet
"As soon as I played this instrument, I was pleased to find a smoothness in the low register, and exactly the same smoothness in the high register. Then, the keywork allows to have dexterity even when you have big fingers."
Alain Billard, Soloist of the Ensemble Intercontemporain
Philippe Berrod, Professor at the CNSM of Paris
Barbara Borowicz, Professor at the University of Krakow
"A very open sound, very homogenous from the low end to the high end, and an instrument that can take everything you can give it. The feeling of freedom with the E-flat Muse is fantastic!"
Stephan Vermeersch, Soloist, composer and teacher
"Playing the E-flat clarinet requires a particular technique and a specific sound. The E-flat Muse clarinet is an excellent partner in this delicate repertoire."
Hosup Song, Professor at Chugye University of the Arts - Seoul
"Compared to the Recital, which I have been playing with pleasure since 2008, the Muse provides additional comfort thanks to its vibration, the brilliance of its sound, and above all its ergonomics!"
Thierry Mussotte, solo Eb clarinet of the Orchester National de Lyon
Are you a professional and want to try this instrument? Fill in this form! We will do our best to put you in contact with a member of the authorized Henri SELMER Paris distribution network in order to make this trial possible.