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Luis Rossi clarinets are the finest value, bespoke handmade clarinets available in the world today.

Luis’ years of experience as a player and his practical knowledge of acoustics and wood working have combined to make him one of the Worlds’ foremost authorities on clarinets and clarinet making.

Luis was born in Argentina, and studied initially there before coming to study at the RCM in London where he was inspired by a great generation of British players, including Bernard Walton, Jack Brymer, Gervase dePeyer, and taught by John McCaw. This has allowed Luis to develop an affinity for a large range of different clarinet models. He personally has always preferred a wider bore instrument, and with this has recorded 5 CD’s. His workshop was established in Chile in 1987.

Luis Rossi offers a large range of Custom clarinets.

The different models [bore types] are:

1.    Luis Rossi American model. Dark and powerful tone, with more core and projection than a Buffet Prestige R13. Polycylindrical bore at 14.7mm, which sits exactly between the bore of the R13 A and Bb clarinets. One major advantage of the Rossi design is that barrels are interchangeable between Bb and A clarinets.

2. French model. A very flexible instrument which can tend towards an English or a French tone depending on the player and choice of mouthpiece. The clarinet has a powerful, woody, sweet sound somewhere between the Buffet RC and R13 with excellent projection. Bore dimensions closely resemble the American model, as do the response and intonation. Again barrels are interchangeable.

3. LR model . Warm and clear, the LR combines a robust powerful resonance with an extremely smooth and mellow timbre. American polycylindrical bore with tonehole placement derived from the French model creates a sound which is very powerful but slightly less "direct" sounding than the American model. Ideal for players who like an A clarinet tonal quality on both their B flat and A clarinets.

4. AL model, 15mm bore. Based on an E J Albert model Boehm system from 1930. E J Albert was a famous Brussels maker, and Albert clarinets enjoyed a great following in Britain, with Heyworth & Sons being the principal importer, though Jacques Albert Fils, the last maker of the family, moved to the UK. This instrument is a robust and flexible clarinet. British players associated with Albert’s include, John Denman and Lesley Schatzberger.

5. Luis Rossi English model, 15.2mm bore. These clarinets are based on a late pair of pre-war 1010 clarinets and are ideal for those players seeking to emulate the playing style of older British players, i.e. Jack Brymer, Gervase dePeyer.

6. Viennese model, 15.2mm bore. Based on a Koktan pre-war clarinet, this model produces a dark and creamy sound. This clarinet seeks to re-create the sound of the great Vienna Philharmonic Solo Clarinettist, Leopold Wlach.

One major difference between Rossi handmade designs and mass produced mainstream French models, is that each instrument is hand undercut and fine tuned by LR himself. Luis goes far beyond the average standards of mass production, indeed, a clarinet can even be finished by Luis to tune with the specific choice of m’piece used by the player.


Prices are given as a guide as they will fluctuate due to International Exchange rate variation, and the specific model and key work the customer selects.

For a single Bb clarinet in single case, including all UK VAT and Duties, £5480.

Pair of Bb and A in double case, including all UK VAT and Duties, £10710.

NB. These prices are for standard Boehm system without optional extra keys, though what is a standard Boehm system is not uniform across the range of Luis Rossi clarinets, e.g. All English wide bore clarinets are supplied with a dual function register key, i.e. the throat Bb and register key hole are different and operated automatically by the register key. Also a low G/D vent is standard across the entire range of Rossi clarinets, this hole has major benefits not only for the G/D twelfth, but for the entire third register.