My Nuvo DooD arrived today. I bought it on Amazon and picked it up at one of their lockers. We have an Amazon location near our apartment, so I can take advantage of one-day pick-up.
This is how it was packaged up. There is a slick cardboard box, and a somewhat cheesy little vinyl carrying case.
The clarinet is cute! It is very light, but in a good way, not a flimsy way. The mouthpiece and most of the body is plastic. The bell and the “keys” are silicone, which is a material I’m quite fond of. The case is okay. It doesn’t have enough padding for my taste (although maybe it doesn’t really need it) so I will probably be sewing another one at some point. It does have a cute little pocket to hold the reeds, though once again, I don’t entirely trust the reeds not to break in there.
Here is a closeup of the keys. They are actually just flaps of silicone. They seal the hole when pressed down. Very clever.
The thumb rest on the back is adjustable, but now that I’ve got it in the right spot, I can’t move it at all. I’m not going to try to move it because if it breaks, this little DooD is not very useful, and it’s in the right spot anyways.
Here is the mouthpiece it came with. I’m not a big fan of how the ligature works. I don’t feel like it holds the reed on firmly enough. See the notch center bottom? The reeds have a ridge on them to line them properly. More on that briefly.
The mouthpiece it comes with is interchangeable with an Eb clarinet mouthpiece. Here it is next to my Walter Grabner Eb clarinet mouthpiece.
And finally the reeds it came with. See how it has a ridge? It’s really quite clever to position the reed easily. However, I am using my own mouthpiece, and obviously it has no notch. So on the 1.5 reed, I used an Exacto blade to scrape it off. The reed is actually not bad. My embouchure is very weak after 7 years of not playing, so the 1.5 reed works well for me. I also tried a size 3 Vandoren Bb reed, with about a quarter inch of the butt cut off with scissors. That also worked, but that size reed is too hard for me right now. You can buy replacement Nuvo reeds in packs of 3 for $10, and they also come in size 2, so after I get a little more practice, I will probably buy those to use until I outgrow them.
That’ll be all for today. I will go into the playability later in the next post.