Backun Cocobolo Protege Clarinet with Rose Gold Keys
An affordable professional instrument, the Backun Protege Clarinet is the next logical step between student and Artist model clarinets. With its uncompromising tone, impeccable intonation and a unique acoustical design, the Backun Cocobolo Protege redefines what an aspiring player needs in a clarinet. On top of the performance value, the Protege Cocobolo wood clarinet with Rose Gold Keys is simply stunning to behold!!
Cocobolo Protege Clarinet Re-Released!
Back in 2019, the Backun Cocobolo Protege was discontinued for the US market in order to focus production on the Grenadilla Protege. Now as of 2022, Backun has brought the Cocobolo Protege back to the clarinet market offering players a more affordable, elegant clarinet option in this highly sought after wood!
Cocobolo vs Grenadilla
The Backun Protege Clarinet is available in 2 different woods: Grenadilla & Cocobolo. There are many differing opinions on which is best and even differing opinions on what the wood does to the sound. So here are the personal opinions of Dave Kessler in regards to these woods:
Grenadilla is the same wood that most clarinets are made out of. Backun uses a premium quality, unstained Grenadilla for the Backun Protege clarinet. I find that the Grenadilla will produce a more tonally centered and deeper tone that the audience will hear as darker and richer. Personally, I always prefer the way that customers sound on the Grenadilla as I listen to them. However, the effect of the wood “behind” the clarinet will make the player perceive the Grenadilla as a bit brighter and more focused than the Cocobolo wood.
Cocobolo is a very dense wood and like the Grenadilla, Backun uses a premium quality, unstained Cocobolo for the Backun Protege clarinet. I find that the Cocobolo gives a broader and sweeter tone that is more open that the audience will hear as a more open tone with added brilliance. However, the player “behind” the clarinet will generally perceive the Cocobolo as the richer of the two because they are “hearing more” from the clarinet than they do with the Grenadilla.
However, we do find Cocobolo wood to be a bit more sensitive than Grenadilla and thus proper maintenance and a more conservative break in period is a must for the wood. Every clarinet that we sell is store with a case humidifier to ensure stability in our shop storage. When the clarinet sells, the humidifier is included along with the tools needed for proper bore oiling of the clarinet (almond oil and a feather). We also include a 1 page “break in & maintenance” guide with each clarinet.
|Bore||Backun Bore w/Under-Cut Toneholes|
|Material||Premium, Ethically Harvested Cocobolo Wood|
|Pads||Custom Black Leather|
|Key Style||Backun Design, Rose Gold Plated|
|Optional Mechanism||Optional Left Hand Eb/Ab Lever|
|Barrel||Backun “New Traditional” Barrel – 65mm|
|Bell||New Backun Model Bell|
|Case||Ballistic Nylon Case|
|Warranty||Backun Warranty & Kessler 1 Year Shop Warranty|
Every Backun Protege clarinet we send out to a customer is not released from us unless it has been completely setup in our shop first. Sometimes, a clarinet (regardless of who the manufacturer or the price point is) comes in needing 20 minutes of adjustments and then the very next one can require 2 hours!
This is why we perform our setup (in our www.ClarinetRepairs.com ProShop) on your new Backun Protege clarinet before delivering it to you. You trust us with your purchase and we want to make sure that you are rewarded by giving you your new Protege clarinet setup flawlessly!
Multiple Financing Options Available!
We have a myriad of different financing options available for your new instrument! From affordable monthly payments over a longer period of time to other options that can include 0% Interest or Deferred Interest options, we can help find a way to make the instrument of your dreams become the instrument of your reality! Give us a call!
United Midwest Savings Bank
UMWSB offers flexible, long term financing with term lengths of up to 60 months at an affordable 12.99% APR. Better yet, their financing has No Pre-Payment Penalty so you can pay off your balance at anytime and only pay for the interest for the length of time you had the loan!
Minimum of $850 required for UMWSB Financing
Synchrony Financial is one of the national leaders in consumer financing. With deferred interest options (Interest if waived if paid off in promotional term) and sometimes, they offer manufacturer partnered promotions to offer you an even better term length.
Minimum of $299 required for Synchrony Financing