Contrabassclarinet extended

The flawed sound and technical quality of the contrabass clarinets commercially available today is here to be improved by means of a radically new approach: the traditional mechanics will be replaced by sensory dynamic keys and motor keys.


  • Lead department Bern University of the Arts
  • Additional departments Engineering and Information Technology
  • Institute Institute Interpretation
    Institute for Human Centered Engineering (HUCE)
  • Research unit HUCE / HuCE – scienceLab
    Musical Instruments
  • BFH centre BFH Centre for Arts in Context
  • Funding organisation Innosuisse
  • Duration 01.06.2014 - 29.02.2016
  • Project management Roman Brotbeck
  • Head of project Roman Brotbeck
  • Project staff Jochen Seggelke
    Martin Suter
    Daniel Debrunner
    Christoph Schnyder
  • Partner Seggelke&Partner Clarinet Solutions GmbH


This will mean that no more compromises will be necessary in the positioning of the finger holes. The sound and intonation will be markedly improved and new audio-visual interfaces created for composers and performers. In the precursor project, Contrabass Clarinet Unlimited, a functioning laboratory model was able to be presented in October 2013 after two years of research. Now we aim to realise a newly conceived instrument with its own character, and make it ready for the market.