2007 was a rather interesting year in the music industry. There were quite a few new products and changes in how companies do business.
Of everything that came out in 2007, there was one new item that really impressed us and outperformed our expectations.
Leblanc designed by Backun Clarinets
These new professional level clarinets really impressed us as well as our customers. Designed by Morrie Backun, they feature the most impressive intonation and response that we have found among new clarinets.
What was also really impressive to us was the fact that they are "Made in the USA". Now from my understanding, in order to bear this label on a product, a bare minimum of 90% of the manufacturing/assembly has to be performed in the USA. The barrels as well as the bells on the 2 top models are made in Canada. There is also some "voicing" work that is performed in Canada by Backun.
Regardless of the percentages of manufacturing, it was a breath of fresh air to see a professional clarinet that was made somewhere other then Europe.
These instruments are only gaining in popularity. It will be interesting to see what the professional clarinet market looks like 10 years from now. Will it still be dominated by the French, or will the USA make a mark in that dominance?