The Aidoni cocobolo barrel is the result of a long and meticulous process of experimentation. It is built with an inner plastic tube with a reverse taper and the tube is partially covered with a thin brass pipe. The result is a perfectly balanced barrel with exquisite intonation and a resonant and focused sound. The use of a plastic inner tube allows a precisely measured bore, keeping its dimensions constant. The Aidoni barrel reaches the right temperature and pitch faster than a traditional wood barrel. The lower ring of grenadilla keeps the sound more controlled when playing at loud dynamics.
The Aidoni cocobolo barrel has a rich sound and the material offers the player excellent feedback, allowing easier intonation. The warm sound makes it suitable both for chamber musicians and orchestra players.
The Aidoni grenadilla barrel is the result of a long and meticulous process of experimentation. It is built with an inner plastic tube with a reverse taper and the tube is partially covered with a thin brass pipe. The result is a perfectly balanced barrel with exquisite intonation and a resonant and focused sound. The use of a plastic inner tube allows a precisely measured bore, keeping its dimensions constant. The Aidoni barrel reaches the right temperature and pitch faster than a traditional wood barrel. The Grenadilla wood produces a warm and solid sound and the clear projection makes it suitable both for orchestra players and for soloists.
The Aidoni barrel team consists of Håkan Lundström, a skilled craftsman and experienced woodwind repairer, and Per Johansson, solo clarinettist with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra since 1997.
Together they began creating barrels in 2009. Based on Per’s concepts and hundreds of design sketches, Håkan handcrafted the barrels, one by one. Per then tried out the best of these in rehearsals, recordings and concerts. They carefully analysed the results and iteratively honed the barrels with the best characteristics.
In 2013 – around 200 barrels later, just as they thought they were approaching a final product – Martin Fröst came into the picture. This occured while Martin was performing as soloist with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra on a tour to Salzburg. It was very fortunate for the Aidoni barrel project to – for a period of time – have Martin Fröst as its exclusive guide and testpilot. His sky-high demands for perfection and his creative ideas have been invaluable and inspiring. Without doubt, Martin Fröst’s influence has taken the Aidoni barrel to a completely new level.
• A body of grenadilla wood or cocobolo wood.
• An internal plastic tube. The bore is factory-milled to the highest possible precision.
• The bore is of a reverse tapered type.
• Three different bores are currently available – Original bore, Medium bore and US bore. Please contact us to select the best possible Aidoni bore for your instruments.
• A thin brass ring is fixed around the lower end of the plastic tube to keep the sound more focused and to add stability.
• On the cocobolo model, there is also an outer wooden ring of grenadilla, designed to keep the sound more controlled when playing loudly at low registers.
• All parts are made in Sweden.
• The intonation is more reliable and consistent over all registers than with a wooden barrel.
• The bore reaches a warm temperature more quickly than a wooden barrel – useful when quick changes between clarinets are required.
• The material is not affected by moisture or temperature changes – the dimensions of the bore remain constant.
• The sensation is exactly that of playing on a wooden barrel.
Original bore (different bores for A and Bb clarinet) has a wide inner dimension in the upper part. This gives resonance and a free, open feeling when playing.
Medium bore (different bores for A and Bb) has a slightly more narrow inner dimension in the upper part. This gives the sound a bit more focus and slightly more resistance.
US bore (same bore for A and Bb) has an even more narrow inner dimension, both in the upper part and in the entire bore. This bore gives even more focus and resistance. The US bore has been created especially for Buffet R13 and clarinetists in USA.
The price for each Aidoni barrel is to be payed in advance, at time of order. For customers outside of Europe, the cost for shipping will be added to the price.
Policy for customers outside of EU:
Since there are new trade restrictions for exotic woods, we are legally obliged to apply to the Swedish Board of Agriculture to obtain an export permit for every order/package. This administration process takes 4–5 weeks. The export fee is included in the price. Customers outside of the EU are welcome to buy Aidoni barrels, but we can unfortunately not send any barrels outside of the EU on trial. Since export/import fees are prohibitively high and vary considerably from country to country, an order to a non-EU customer will be considered irreversible as soon as the order has shipped.
Attention: The rules for exporting exotic woods are about to change! From the 26th of November 2019, CITES export visas for musical instruments are no longer required. Barrel trials – sending barrels to a country outside of EU and returning the unwanted barrels – will then be possible.
Policy for EU customers:
Since our waiting list is growing, our trial policy is that you can try up to 4 barrels at a time. You have fourteen days to try out your barrels.
If for any reason you are not completely satisfied, you can return the undamaged barrel within the trial period for a full refund. If a customer decides not to purchase any items, there will be a 10 € restocking fee.
Return shipping charges are the responsibility of the customer.
To return items, we recommend choosing a postal option that includes insurance for the value of the items.
Lundström Woodwind AB
256 56 Helsingborg
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Phone number: +46 – (0)70-664 59 69
Lundström Woodwind AB
256 56 Helsingborg