John Packer’s JP021 is a reliable budget clarinet designed for first-time players. With consistency of tone and ease of maintenance, the instrument is constructed from a durable ebonite body and nickel-plated keywork. It is in these ways, and many others, that the JP021 has long been a first choice for schools and music groups nationwide.
Now a dominant force in classrooms across the country, JP Instruments have built up a sound knowledge base, and have a reputation for producing durable and student-friendly instruments.
The JP021 is constructed from ebonite, a robust material made of resilient rubber. Although slightly heavier than wood, it remains unaffected by the changes in temperature or humidity which can cause cracks in wooden instruments. Furthermore, the keywork is nickel-plated, a material which is durable and easy to play. In both of these ways, the JP021 is the perfect starter instrument.
John Packer have also provided an ‘easy blow’ mouthpiece. By making it easier for students to play the clarinet from the first attempt, this encourages proper embouchure and technique, as well as producing an even tone early on in the learning process.
Finally, this instrument comes with two tuning barrels. By slightly altering the pitch of the instrument, these help an inexperienced player to stay in tune.
The JP021 comes as a complete outfit with John Packer mouthpiece, cap, ligature, two barrels and pull through. It is contained within a colourful moulded case with shoulder strap for ease of transportation to and from lessons.
"The clarinet has an even, clear sound and for a resin based student model it can only give confidence to a young player. I'm going to try it with a wooden barrel and bell on my next show and have no doubt that it will play as well as anything I have previously used. For us guys who have been in the business for some considerable time, to be able to use such instruments as
these is refreshing and exciting - a new lease of life in a way. They are such a joy to play, but because of the testimonials you must be getting from me and my ilk, please don't let the makers get swollen heads and hoist the prices!"
- John Franchi, session musician in London's West End