Carbec Carbon Fiber Clarinet Barrel Review - Clarinet U Review Article
Forward, innovative, high-end. Carbec introduces a new line of clarinet barrels that connects carbon fiber with an elegant sound.
This new design of barrel brings one step closer for synthetic clarinet accessory making and pushes clarinetist to discover new sound and clarinet appearance.
CARBEC is a new company founded by two musician brothers. Thanks to the experience in the concert halls of the founders, CARBEC was born with a strong desire to make the perfect clarinet barrels and mouthpieces.
According to the company, "we are all about creating technologic, innovative, and extremely high-performance products."
CARBEC created and launched a barrel that is the first application to the music industry of the unidirectional carbon fiber technology. "The unidirectional carbon fiber is an exceptional material combining the best qualities of premium woods and carbon fiber."
CARBEC is also working on a carbon fiber mouthpiece, which is the first and only pure carbon fiber mouthpiece in the world. A product with superior sound characteristics and a CARBEC patent. CARBEC products are entirely invented, engineered, and manufactured in Italy.
The company works with precious inputs from internationally renowned clarinetists with decades of experience in theatres such as Alla Scala in Milan, La Fenice in Venice, and other important concert venues in Europe, Africa, Asia, and America. These artists have worked under the direction of Myung Wung Chung, Riccardo Muti, and Claudio Abbado among others.
About the barrel and the material:
CARBEC’s first product, newly launched, is a barrel made with the innovative unidirectional carbon fiber, where the fiber orientation achieves the aesthetic and technical qualities of premium woods.
"The production process is lengthy and complex, and it involves the most advanced machines used in carbon fiber production. It remains a secret jealously guarded by CARBEC."
My first impression of the barrel is amazed by its illuminated carbon fiber body with a glossy finish. The subtle carbon fiber imprint on the top and bottom of the barrel gives it a ring-like luxurious look. The most impressive part about its design is when the light reflects on the barrel, the entire body changes its color from black to coal-like grey. The Carbec logo is also very elegant looking, and it also reflects light when you view it from an angle.
The barrel feels very firm and smooth in hand. The glossiness of the surface gave it a good grip in hand and feels 'expensive' when you hold it.