Clarinets were traditionally made of wood, specifically grenadilla. For many decades they were prohibitively expensive for students. Hard rubber and metal were then used to create affordable student models, but these clarinets did not share the look, feel or tone of the professional wooden instruments. In the mid-20th century, the use of plastic allowed student clarinets that were comparable to those made of wood to be mass produced.
Jean Baptiste offers the CL67 Clarinet, which is mainly a student instrument that offers a variety of features often found in professional models. Made of ABS resin, the CL67 features Italian leather pads, silver-plated keys and two different length barrels that ensure proper intonation.