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.
for placement between the barrel and the upper part of the clarinet. If the barrel has to be pulled out, an inner gap is created between the barrel and the upper clarinet part. If the gap is filled with a tuning ring, the intonation is improved and the feeling of contact with the air flow increases in a noticeable way. Perfectly matched dimensions to fit our barrel bores, made of the same material as the inner bores of our barrels. One package contains two tuning rings with the thicknesses 0,5 mm and 0,75 mm.
The Aidoni barrel team consists of Håkan Lundström, a skilled craftsman and experienced woodwind repairer, and Per Johansson, solo clarinetist 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 barrel models 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 test pilot. 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.
The process of making improvements continues constantly and will undoubtedly result in several new upcoming barrel models.
• A body of grenadilla wood.
• An internal plastic tube for the bore, which 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.
• 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.
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Barrel trial policies:
Each Aidoni barrel to be tested, is ordered and paid for in advance. Since our waiting list is growing, you can try up to four barrels at a time. You have fourteen days to try your barrels.
If you are not completely satisfied, you can return the undamaged barrels 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
Schedule for ordering and shipping:
During the month of July we have summer breaks. We wish all our customers a pleasant and relaxing summer!
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Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our clarinet barrels.
We prefer contact via e-mail but you are also welcome to give us a call.
Phone: 0046 – (0)70-664 59 69
Lundström Woodwind AB
256 56 Helsingborg