One of the unique and special elements of the Novacane Quartet is that we have access to a full complement of auxiliary clarinets. Not only are we fully skilled on the regular Bb soprano clarinet but we all have mastery on all instruments within the clarinet family. This includes every type of clarinet from the tiniest Ab-sopranino to the deep Contrabass clarinet in Bb.
Auxiliary clarinets need not be confused with the term “auxiliary” or lessor. The history of the nomenclature originates from these extra clarinets being used as a supplement, specialized, or “extra” in comparison to the normal soprano Bb clarinet that every clarinetist uses as a primary instrument.