Berkeley AC307 ELITE SERIES Clarinet - Has anyone purchased this instrument? Send us your Review.

by John Hobbs
(Boxford, MA, USA)

First, how does one post a question on the Clarinet-Now Blog? Doesn't seem to be a place to post a question. I am a clarinet student using a Buffet R-13 and am interested in purchasing an A-key clarinet, but am short on funds. I have seen a new A clarinet by RS Berkeley for around $300 and I know it is made from a synthetic composite material. Does anyone know about this clarinet make and would it be a reasonable investment? Are there any reviews of this brand?



Hello John,

What is the best way to try a clarinet? Look here at Clarinet-Trial-Chart.

Looks like you have posted your question just fine. Honestly, before today, I’ve not heard of the RS Berkeley clarinet line. I would seriously question the quality of a $300 A Clarinet; however, the best advice I can give you is to try one of these clarinets out.

I had a hard time finding a place that sells this clarinet much less has a review of it. Wherever you do buy the clarinet, make sure they have a good return policy.

This is the description of the clarinet via the Berkeley site:

Key of A; hard rubber body, barrel, and bell; nickel sliver keys; .576” (14.64mm) bore; Boehm key system; blue steel springs; includes case, mouthpiece, ligature and cap.

What is the best way to try a clarinet? Look here at Clarinet-Trial-Chart.

If anyone out there does have a Berkeley clarinet and wishes to review it, please do so here at Thanks.

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