75-77 Derby Road
Nottingham NG1 5BA
0115 941 0543
75-77 Derby Road
Nottingham NG1 5BA
0115 941 0543
The long awaited Backun Protégé clarinets have finally arrived!
These clarinets are designed and manufactured by Canadian based firm Backun Musical Services Ltd., and are a natural progression from their successful range
of barrels, bells & mouthpieces – quite literally, as they state in their advertising, BMS are ‘Reinventing The Clarinet One Piece at a Time’ !
The Protégés’ quality and price place them neatly between the Buffet E13 & R13 models making them perfectly suited for the student, amateur and aspiring professional and also enhancing and expanding the selection of credible clarinets now on offer.
What Backun have to say: As an aspiring artist, you need a clarinet that will take you from the practice room to centre stage. Enter the Protégé Bb Clarinet. An affordable professional instrument, the Protégé Bb Clarinet is the next logical step between beginner and Artist models. With its uncompromising tone, impeccable intonation and a unique acoustical design, the Protégé redefines what an aspiring player needs in a clarinet. Crafted from high-quality woods and materials, the Protégé will help you secure your place centre stage.
The Protégé is also available in Grenedilla wood and Cocobolo wood, giving the player an opportunity to hone their sound still further by comparing the different ‘timbres’ that each wood offers.
Welcome to Windblowers, the Midland's premier wind instrument centre.
We offer the largest selection of sheet music and wind instruments in the Midlands. Our comprehensive selection of new and used instruments and our large range of instrument accessories means we always have everything you need for saxophones, clarinets, flutes, trumpets and trombones plus many other musical instruments from the world's leading manufacturers available and in stock.
All our staff are friendly, highly experienced and knowledgeable plus we have our own fully qualified instrument maker and repairer who offers specialist attention to your instrument.
Windblowers are proud to be the UK agent for Bernd Moosmann bassoons and also suppliers to local authorities, music societies and various educational establishments.
Introducing the pBone Trombones - the worlds first plastic trombone!
The revolutionary pBone has brought an intriguing twist to the traditional trombone. With its plastic construction, the pBone has taken the trombone market by storm! It is fun, light weight, affordable, but most of all, it sounds amazing! It offers a uniquely informal and accessible introduction to trombone playing.
Teachers are finding more and more creative uses for the pBone including primary and prep school starter clubs, using pBone as a home practice instrument, leaving their "Brass" trombone at school, or even playing it themselves in lessons leaving their brass one at home!
Plastic Trombone Specifications
Many players experience the difference changing their mouthpiece can make, especially to the overall response, tuning & sound of their instrument. Honing ones individual tone however is not necessarily the sole preserve of the mouthpiece. The influence of the barrel is crucial & should not be underestimated. Windblowers are therefore delighted to introduce the Backun range of handmade barrels.
Originally a small woodwind instrument repair workshop in Canada, Morrie Backun’s venture into barrel making grew from an enquiry from Principal Clarinettist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Wes Foster (retired) who had an antique clarinet in need of a barrel. Not only did Morrie Backun make him a new custom barrel, he designed it in such a way that it improved the tone and response of the clarinet. Word spread, and soon Wes’ colleagues started asking for barrels of their own.
In 2004, Backun welcomed Ricardo Morales to the family. From the beginning, Ricardo had demanding standards that helped push Backun’s designs to yet another level. With this in mind, Morrie and Ricardo began collaborating on a line of products that is now known as MoBa, or Morales/Backun. The MoBa Barrel was the first product to reach production & made their debut at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest 2005 in Tama, Japan.
2010 saw the introduction of the Protégé Barrels. Specifically designed and crafted for aspiring artists, the Protégé line optimizes student and intermediate clarinets through an advanced design and the highest quality woods. After all, players of all skill levels should be able to benefit from the knowledge and experience collated by Backun over the past ten years.
Currently 3 models are now available, the MoBa, Protégé and Fatboy all offering a different response & sound. The choice of exotic wood not only influences the clarinet tonally but will offer a striking visual appearance too!
We are proud to announce that our new sheet music website is now 'live'.
You can browse through over 160,000 titles and order via our seperate online payment system.
Please click the 'music' tab at the top of the page and you will be automatically re-directed to www.windblowersmusic.com where you can access everything sheet music related!
Please let us know what you think of the new site by filling in a feedback form on the web site.
We are proud to announce that Windblowers is a registered participant of the Art Councils Take it away scheme. Take it away is an Arts Council initiative designed to help more people get involved in learning and playing music. The scheme allows individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 to apply for a loan of up to £2,000 for the purchase of any kind of musical instrument, and pay it back in nine monthly installments, completely interest free.
The scheme has been extended to allow anyone to purchase an instrument for someone aged under 18. Please enquire for more details.
Read more about Take it away. Terms and conditions apply.
Windblowers will be CLOSED for the Bank Holidays in May on Monday 6th for May Day and on Monday 27th for the Spring Bank Holiday.
We are open as normal at all other times.
Enjoy the bank holidays!
Visit our second hand page & see some of the crazy, never to be repeated, prices on ex-demo instruments - C trumpets, euphoniums, tubas etc !!
HURRY THEY WON'T LAST FOR LONG!
Windblowers are very excited to announce the arrival of the new P.Mauriat trumpets to compliment our already extensive range.
They are aimed at the experienced student and professional player but are quite different to other makes we sell in their design and performance.
For more detailed information on these wonderful new products visit our online trumpet department, ring the shop, or even better, call in and be amongst the first to give them a blow. We would be delighted to have your feedback and feel sure that you will be as impressed as we are!
We now have a huge amount of sheet music at half price or less! Whatever instument you play we have some sale music for you.
Why not come and have a look and bag yourelf a bargain!
If so we may consider making you an offer!
Currently we are particularly interested in Bassoons but we would consider any woodwind or brass instruments you may have.
Please call us on 0115 941 0543 with the make and model - you never know, IT COULD BE WORTH MORE THAN YOU THINK!
Students can now save money when buying an instrument with Windblowers. There is a scheme called the Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme which allows students to buy instruments without having to pay United Kingdom V.A.T. (20 %). This means that when buying an instrument for £1500 you could save £250 on the purchase price.
Read more about the AIPS scheme and see whether you are eligible. Terms and conditions apply.
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