I have few thoughts about my Clarinet and upgrades and I would like to hear your suggestions and opinions.
I currently have a basic Jupiter Bb Clarinet which is the only Clarinet I have ever had. I got it (Brand new) a year ago and I did my Grade 1 and Grade 3 on it. Despite a beginner model, it seems to make a good tone, I am told.
But recently, it appears my Clarinet is ill. Last week, half way through my practice, the notes sounded just wrong and I couldn't differentiate throat G and G#. I had to take it apart and clean it and that fixed the issue. It has happened couple of times since. I also think the keys might need oiling.
I am not working specifically for a grade right now. I am working on variety of "advanced" pieces (for me ) like Schumann Fantasy piece, Finzi Bagatelles (all except the last) and Weber's Theme and variations.
My teacher remarked that I should consider owning a A clarinet as some of the pieces were written for A.
Now, my questions:
1. Should I consider buying a new pair of Clarinets (Bb and A)?
2. Should I just get my Jupiter Clarinet serviced and consider buying a mouth piece, barrel and ligature?
3. How can I select a good Clarinet/Mouth piece if I can't take anyone (musically informed, that is) with me to the shop?
4. Should I just wait and reconsider in 6 months time?
Budget: I have a reasonable budget (not big enough for Peter Eatons!! ) as I consider this a long term investment.