Hanson T6

Professional

Hanson T6

Our best selling professional clarinet that sets new standards in playability. The key to the success of the T6 is it’s ease of playing and evenness of tone – sweep through the registers with ease, just relax and enjoy your music. If you are looking for the best professional clarinet on the market below £5000 then call us and order a Hanson T6. And don’t just take it from us, take a look at the Stephen Howard Review of the Hanson T6 which will surely convince you.

The wooden body of the T6 clarinet is naturally seasoned for a minimum of 8 years, and we are presently benefitting and enjoying a limited amount of 10 year old Blackwood. This beautifully seasoned wood goes for final sculpting using our purpose built computer controlled machine which boasts a repeatable accuracy of 6 microns (0.006mm!).

In these days of mass produced instruments it is generally assumed that ‘hand made’ is a mark of excellence but actually it is accuracy and precision which give us our edge over competitors. Although our clarinets could be termed ‘handmade’  it is better said that they are ‘hand tailored’; after being precisely sculptured by our computer controlled machines, our expert craftsmen ensure that our needles are without a doubt the finest, and most precise of any.

As with all our professional level Clarinets, we take extra efforts to make sure we can give you an instrument that lasts. That’s why we trust only the best of Sheffield’s famous electroplaters to layer precious metals to the keys so that you can be sure they will last for many years whilst looking stunning.

 

 

Specification

Hanson T6

 

  • key: Bb, A
  • Body: Grenadilla, Rosewood
  • Pitch: 440hz
  • Bore: French, Jazz, English, Symphony
  • Keys: 17, 18 (Choice of alternate Eb Lever)
  • Pads: High Quality Italian Leather Pads
  • System: Boehm
  • Keywork: Sheffield 925 Silver Plated
  • Springs: Blue Steel
  • Case: Jakob Winter Case

About the Bore

The complex tapers of the bore will greatly affect the tone of your Clarinet as well as the tuning and the overall playing ‘feel’. This guide aims to help you find your perfect setup by going into the finer details of what the different bores do. Don’t forget to pair your clarinet to a matching design of mouthpiece for best results.

 French Bore

  • Medium bore (14.7mm) with a polycylindrical shape.
  • Bright and focussed sound with excellent intonation.
  • A great ‘all-rounder’.

 

A medium bore (14.7mm) clarinet based on popular designs from predominately French makers of the 20th century.  Our ‘French bore’ clarinets have a superb focussed tone quality, somewhat brighter than the English bore instruments. A great ‘all-rounder’ equally at home in the orchestra, wind band, or jazz band for section players or soloists.

Famous ‘French bore’ clarinets include the Buffet R13 and Selmer 10G.

 English Bore

  • Large bore (15.3mm) with a polycylindrical shape.
  • Dark, homogenous tone.
  • Works best with a matching large bore mouthpiece.

 

A large bore (15.3mm) clarinet based on traditional designs from English makers of the 1950’s. Our ‘English bore’ clarinets have a broad homogenous tone, that is darker and less focussed than the smaller ‘French bore’ instruments. Favoured by Jazz and Symphonic players alike, this clarinet has a sound reminiscent of recordings from the big band era.

Famous ‘English bore’ clarinets include the Boosey and Hawkes 10-10, and similarly to the 10-10, our large bore clarinets play best when used with a matching large bore mouthpiece.

 Symphony Bore

  • Medium bore (14.65mm) with a longer taper to the top joint.
  • Free blowing and excellent intonation.
  • Works best with a large chamber and wide tip mouthpiece.

 

A medium bore (14.65mm) clarinet with a longer taper to the top joint.  Particularly free blowing whilst retaining a very good focus to the tone and excellent intonation.

A favourite of section leaders and soloists and the most popular choice on our T6 and T7 models.

 Jazz Bore

  •  Large bore (14.9mm) with a conical dual taper shape.

  • Bright, powerful and focussed tone.
  • Works best with a large chamber and wide tip mouthpiece.

 

A large bore (14.9mm) clarinet with a longer tapered start and finish.   This clarinet delivers a bright and powerful sound with good focus to the tone. It feels more open to play than the English or French bore models. Straighter tone holes give less possibilities for tuning individual notes and the good control is needed from the player to get the best out of this model.  Make a statement with this instrument and don’t be shy. You will be noticed for all the right reasons!

FSC Certified

About the Wood

The best material for your clarinet to be made from will depend on what kind of music you play, where you live and play, how you care for your clarinet and of course your preferred look and tone. Hanson were the first makers of woodwind instruments in the world to gain FSC accreditation. We are committed to ethical and responsible work practices and you can be sure that any materials we use are sourced responsible.

 Grenadilla

  • The traditional choice for quality woodwind instruments.
  • Powerful and focussed tone.
  • Our naturally seasoned Blackwood (aged up to 14 years) is very stable.

 

Also known as African Blackwood, MPingo and Dalbergia Melanoxylon – lots of names for the same wood! Depending on which country the harvesters live in the wood will be know by a different name. Grenadilla wood is the traditional material for the finest woodwind instruments. It is very dense and very dark in colour. The latin name gives us a clue that African Blackwood is actually a member of the rosewood family (Dalbergia). It is different from ebony; less brittle and with a more luxuriant finish. The best wood will be free of knots and imperfections and the grain will be straight, close and even. Some makers stain their clarinets to hide imperfections in the wood (they literally fill the knots and ‘paint’ the wood black!), but if you choose a Hanson clarinet you can trust that you will be able to see the grain, true beauty and quality of our wood.

 Rosewood

  • Beautiful wood grain.
  • Softer and lighter tone.
  • Our naturally seasoned Rosewood (aged up to 12 years) is very stable.

 

We use rosewoods (Dalbergia latifolia and Dalbergia retusa also known as Cocobolo) to make clarinets which produces some of the most beautiful instruments. Lighter in colour than blackwood and some will argue ‘lighter’ in sound. A good thing or a bad thing? Why not ask to try one? Rosewood clarinets are quite wonderful. Will a rosewood need more looking after?
Yes, and no… all clarinets should be cleaned out properly after playing, taking care to remove moisture especially from inside tenons. Your rosewood will look very special but not need more attention than your friends ‘ordinary’ instruments if they are all getting looked after properly. It may however get a great deal of attention from all who see it.

Spoilt for choice?

The Most Popular T6 Setups

Hanson T6 Symphony Bore Bb Clarinet – Grenadilla

Our most popular T6 model due to its free blowing nature with a focussed tone and superb intonation.

Don’t forget the famous Hanson Warranty. That’s 5 years warranty and 5 years of servicing for free! 

Take a look at our online store or book your visit to come and try one for yourself.

Hanson T6 Symphony Bore Bb Clarinet – Rosewood

The Rosewood is an ever more popular option. The beautiful Rosewood makes heads turn while offering the player a softer tone.

Don’t forget the famous Hanson Warranty. That’s 5 years warranty and 5 years of servicing for free!

Take a look at our online store or book your visit to come and try one for yourself.

The Full Range

Hanson T5

Ease of playing, great tuning and an even tone are the main features of the T5.

Hanson T6

Our best selling professional clarinet that sets new standards in playability.

Hanson T7

The very best wood. The very best finishing. The very best attention to detail.

SE

An intermediate model that is a superb all-rounder, looks fabulous and sounds even better.

RG

Our student model Clarinet – made from a special Reinforced Grenadilla wood.

Plateau

The all new ‘No Squeak’ covered hole Clarinet. Finally an affordable, reliable covered hole Clarinet!

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Marsden
West Yorkshire
HD7 6AB
Great Britain