Buffet Icon Guld
The ICON barrels for Bb or A clarinets are now available in Green Line. GreenLine is an exclusive high-tech process that uses recycled clarinet wood powder to make a revolutionary material called Green-Line, more stable in varying temperatures and atmospheric conditions. Buffet Crampon technicians recommend using the ICON Green Line barrels with the Green Line clarinets, and the original ICON wood barrels for your wooden clarinet. A green mark on the back of the barrel easily distinguishes the GreenLine ICON from the wooden ICON. Just like the wooden version, the GreenLine ICON comes in three different finishes: silver, gold or black nickel plated, and 4 lengths: 64, 65, 66 or 67 mm.
ICON TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS
This new line of Buffet Crampon barrels joins the series of barrels by Chadash and Moennig and belongs to the same family of conical bores, while standing out with its sophisticated and different proportions. Apart from its inverse conical bore, its outer shape has been particularly refined. The carefully selected use of materials for the rings, and the finishes offered (gold, silver or black nickel) have a notable influence on the sonority and the sensation felt by the musician.
Variations of clarinets and barrels are practically infinite. ICON barrels are extremely supple in every register and the different finishes produce interesting acoustical variations. Gold produces more high harmonics and timbre, silver frees up and rounds out the sound, and black nickel seems to stand halfway between the two, producing a more compact effect. Another advantage: the conical bore can, if necessary, improve intonation of twelfths which can sometimes be problematic, depending on the balance of mouthpiece and reed. Lastly, the sound projection is excellent in proportion to a reasonable expenditure of air.