Customer reviews and experiences


Juanjo Mercadal

I have been performing with it for nearly a year now and I am very satisfied with its qualities: easy sound emission, round and well-balanced sound throughout all the registers, ease to blend in with the other instruments, centred sound and good tuning.

Naturally, I have no hesitation in recommending this barrel.

I did the trying out of the barrel at the workshop of Arixa Clarinets with the expert craftsman Tolo Mercadal carrying out the pertinent adjustments and appropriate finishing touches in accordance with my personal requirements and wishes. Quite an  experience!

Principal clarinet with the Orchestra of the Liceu Opera House in Barcelona


Kiko López Herrero

I am very pleased with my new African Blackwood Arixa Clarinets barrel, Orchestra model. My friend and great artist Tolo Mercadal has done a great job, crafting meticulously a barrel difficult to compare with others on the market. Each barrel has its own personality creating a perfect synergy with the character of each clarinetist. The Orchestra model offers an easy sound emission and projection, without letting it open up too much and allowing you to centre it to your liking. Great colour palette.

Clarinet professor at AD LIBITUM and at UM L’Horta de Valencia

Soloist of the Chamber Orchestra of Valencia




Tolo Genestar

The Arixa Clarinets barrels exteriorize my most intimate way of playing. With easy sound emission they are well-balanced throughout the different registers, offering a personal sound capable of fusing any musical style or configuration, be they large or small.

My experience with the Arixa Clarinets cocobolo Orchestra model has been excellent from the first note I played. It offers me depth of sound without resistance, a wide range of dynamic contrast and the possibility to play with the colours of the instrument. Setting no límits, In conclusion, the Arixa Clarinets barrels accompany the performer at all times.

* Photo by: Tolo Mercadal


Jaume Pons

When I had the opportunity to try the Arixa Clarinets barrels I was really surprised by the quality of sound and easy projection. The difference with my old barrel is incredible and one of the characteristics I would highlight is the easiness to produce a full-bodied sound in any range of dynamics. I really like the fact that they offer different models because it gives you the possibility to choose the type of barrel which best adapts to your personal playing style.

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