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Along with many other woodwind instruments the clarinet has been and still is one of the most extravagant instruments there is The clarinet consisting of a cylindrical wood metal or ebonite pipe with a bell-shaped opening at one end and a mouthpiece at the other end to which a thin reed is attached The clarinet has five different sections the mouthpiece the barrel the upper section the lower section and the bell The length of the entire instrument is 60 cm long The mouthpiece section consists of a slotted cylinder to which a reed is attached by a metal clamp called a ligature The mouthpiece plugs into the next section which is a barrel The barrel is simply a connecting cylinder to which the mouthpiece and the upper section plugs into The upper section is a cylindrical pipe consisting of 4 holes and 9 keys placed in different locations along the pipe On the back of the pipe there is a hole and a key that is used by the thumb The lower section plugs into the upper section and is also connected via a special bridge key This piece consists of 3 holes and 8 keys On the inward facing side of the pipe there is a protruding piece of metal called a thumb rest which supports the entire clarinet The bell plugs into the lower section It consists of a cylinder that flares out into a bell shape and ends the clarinet Its rather unique meaning and figure was invented in the late sixteen hundreds by a builder named Johannes Christopher Denner of Nuremburg Klose Stadler of Vienna and Iwan Muller along with many others later improved the instrument in the eighteen hundreds The clarinet was slowly changed throughout the years and now many versions have been created There are easily about eight different types of this instrument One of the many famous composers that used the clarinet
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