Client Testimonials

Testimonials

Willing to Go the Distance

Doing business with Lisa Canning of Lisa’s Clarinet Shop was a truly wonderful experience. I have had the pleasure of knowing Lisa for many years. As an excellent clarinetist herself, she has keen insight regarding the needs of professional clarinetists. I love the instrument I purchased from her. Not only did she select amazing instruments for me to try, but she had them regulated so that I could really get a clear indication of what the horns were capable of. She also gave a few notes on each instrument regarding their strengths and I found her comments to be helpful and spot on. In short, Lisa is a tremendous business person who is willing to go the distance to please the customer. She knows what quality and integrity are all about and she has my highest recommendation. It is a pleasure to recommend her to my students and colleagues!

Mark Jance / Clarinetist

Commitment to Excellent

Lisa Canning’s commitment to excellence, as well as her competitive pricing, makes her indispensable in choosing the best Buffet clarinets. She is extraordinarily gifted in matching clarinets to personalities, whether it is for performers, teachers or students. I not only use Buffet clarinets in the St. Louis Symphony that Lisa has chosen, but I encourage my colleagues and students to work with her as well.

Diana Haskell / Assistant Principal Clarinet/Eb St Louis Symphony

You Will Never Be Disappointed

I recently bought my first new A clarinet from Lisa’s Clarinet Shop. Only a little while after I submitted an online questionnaire, inquiring to try out a few A clarinets — ding! — Lisa was already reaching out to me via email to talk about my playing needs! I felt highly cared for throughout the entire process, and received three wonderful clarinets in the mail to try out over the course of two weeks. It was so hard to choose the right one, but I am confident that Lisa’s expertise helped me find the absolute best clarinet for me. If you are looking to buy, if your child is begging for one, if your student is needing one — go to Lisa’s! You will never be disappointed.

Renee Ann Pflughaupt / Clarinetist and Orchestra Manager at Lincoln Symphony Orchestra

Truly Cares

I believe that Lisa’s Clarinet Shop is THE place to go for all your clarinet needs. I just bought a wonderful RC Prestige E-flat clarinet from Lisa and it is clear that she truly cares about the success of her customers. She is not only a consummate professional, but a wonderful person.

Joseph Weber / Substitute/Extra Clarinet at Omaha Symphony Orchestra

Great Buffet Clarinets

We live in California and didn’t expect The professional clarinet purchase experience through shipping. Lisa selected three great Buffet clarinets. My daughter and her teacher selected one. Other two are also amazing good ones and we suggested our close friend daughter to try two. She picked one of two. Selecting instrument is not easy always. Lisa’s selection is simply a great start for the process. And she is very easy to communicate and always reply to email very very quickly. Highly recommend Lisa for highend clarinet purchase.

Sanghoon Choi / Parent

Fantastic Experience

I discovered Lisa’s Clarinet Shop when purchasing a clarinet for my teenage son. We are located in North Carolina, far from Lisa’s office in Chicago. Any initial hesitancy I had about purchasing an instrument from an out of state vendor disappeared after our first phone conversation. Lisa explains everything, conducting an instrument selection and purchase process that is stress free and just makes sense. My son is very happy with his clarinet, chosen from several that were recommended, and Lisa has remained responsive in helping us resolve any questions or issues that surfaced after the sale. It has been a fantastic experience!

Kevin Perveiler / Parent

Lisa Canning’s commitment to excellence, as well as her competitive pricing, makes her indispensable in choosing the best Buffet clarinets. She is extraordinarily gifted in matching clarinets to personalities, whether it is for performers, teachers or students. I not only use Buffet clarinets in the St. Louis Symphony that Lisa has chosen, but I encourage my colleagues and students to work with her as well.

– Diana Haskell, Assistant Principal Clarinet/Eb St Louis Symphony 

I believe that Lisa’s Clarinet Shop is THE place to go for all your clarinet needs. I just bought a wonderful RC Prestige E-flat clarinet from Lisa and it is clear that she truly cares about the success of her customers. She is not only a consummate professional, but a wonderful person.

– Joseph Weber, Substitute/Extra Clarinet at Omaha Symphony Orchestra

We live in California and didn’t expect The professional clarinet purchase experience through shipping. Lisa selected three great Buffet clarinets. My daughter and her teacher selected one. Other two are also amazing good ones and we suggested our close friend daughter to try two. She picked one of two. Selecting instrument is not easy always. Lisa’s selection is simply a great start for the process. And she is very easy to communicate and always reply to email very very quickly. Highly recommend Lisa for highend clarinet purchase.

– Sanghoon Choi, Parent

I recently bought my first new A clarinet from Lisa’s Clarinet Shop. Only a little while after I submitted an online questionnaire, inquiring to try out a few A clarinets — ding! — Lisa was already reaching out to me via email to talk about my playing needs! I felt highly cared for throughout the entire process, and received three wonderful clarinets in the mail to try out over the course of two weeks. It was so hard to choose the right one, but I am confident that Lisa’s expertise helped me find the absolute best clarinet for me. If you are looking to buy, if your child is begging for one, if your student is needing one — go to Lisa’s! You will never be disappointed.

Renee Ann Pflughaupt, Clarinetist and Orchestra Manager at Lincoln Symphony Orchestra

Doing business with Lisa Canning of Lisa’s Clarinet Shop was a truly wonderful experience.  I have had the pleasure of knowing Lisa for many years. As an excellent clarinetist herself, she has  keen insight regarding the needs of professional clarinetists. I love the instrument I purchased from her.  Not only  did she select amazing instruments for me to try, but she had them regulated so that I could really get a clear indication of what the horns were capable of.   She also gave a few notes on each instrument regarding their strengths and I found her comments to be helpful and  spot on.   In short, Lisa is a tremendous business person who is  willing to go the distance to please the customer.  She knows what quality and integrity  are all about and she  has my highest recommendation.  It is a pleasure to recommend her to my students and colleagues!

– Caroline Hartig, Professor of Clarinet, The Ohio State University 

I believe Lisa’s Clarinet Shop is the best place to find a first class clarinet. Lisa is an excellent clarinetist herself, so she knows a good clarinet when she plays one. I am now playing on A and B-flat Buffet R-13’s that I got from Lisa, and am very happy with them both. I recommend her shop to my students, and to anyone who wants to find a really fine clarinet.

– William Rappaport, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

I discovered Lisa’s Clarinet Shop when purchasing a clarinet for my teenage son. We are located in North Carolina, far from Lisa’s office in Chicago. Any initial hesitancy I had about purchasing an instrument from an out of state vendor disappeared after our first phone conversation. Lisa explains everything, conducting an instrument selection and purchase process that is stress free and just makes sense. My son is very happy with his clarinet, chosen from several that were recommended, and Lisa has remained responsive in helping us resolve any questions or issues that surfaced after the sale. It has been a fantastic experience! I can recommend Lisa’s Clarinet Shop with no hesitation.

– Kevin Perveiler, Parent

On Lisa Canning’s Clarinet Shop: In the past 20 years, I have never recommended my students go anywhere else for their new or used Buffet clarinets. Lisa’s expertise as a professional clarinetist, product knowledge, attention to detail and second-to-none customer service makes my job of preparing the next generation of clarinetists so much easier and rewarding for everyone involved!

– Cindy Nichols,  Retired Artists Faculty-University of Nebraska

I have been extremely pleased with the excellent products and services I’ve gotten from Lisa. I bought my last five Buffets from her, including clarinets in Bb, A, Eb, C, and Bass Clarinet. I recommend her without reservation!

– Bruce Currie, Freelance Clarinetist

Lisa Canning is in a class by herself when it comes to selecting first class Buffet clarinets. My school has ordered several clarinet from bass to Eb clarinets and they have all been exceptional. I recommend Lisa for all your Buffet clarinet needs. You will not be disappointed.

– Adam Myers, Professor of Woodwinds, Tyler Junior College

I have been purchasing my clarinets exclusively from Lisa’s Clarinet Shop for several years now. She carries the highest quality clarinets and has an unique ability to select instruments that match my individual playing style. Her service is second to none: she is professional, efficient and provides expert advice and guidance not only at the time of purchase, but after the sale as well. She stands behind every instrument she sells. I recommend Lisa’s Clarinet Shop most highly.

– Jan Halloren, Clarinetist, Portland Symphony, Faculty Dartmouth College

During the more than 20 years that I have done business with Lisa she has always provided the highest quality service. She has hand-picked clarinets for me and my students–always asking what we want in the instrument, and always seeming to find it.

– Kathleen Jones, Professor of Clarinet, Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico,and Principal Clarinetist, Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico

When one is investing a great deal of money in the purchase of a professional level clarinet, it is great to have someone knowledgeable of the clarinet, and professional in their dealings in selecting and shipping several clarinets to you for approval. Working with Lisa Canning in selecting my Buffet Tosca clarinet was an outstanding experience; I would strongly recommend her to anyone in the market for a new instrument.

– David Twombley, Adjunct Professor, Graceland University, Iowa All-State Band Auditor.

Lisa has an unsurpassed ability to choose the cream of the clarinet crop. I and my students are grateful recipients of her expertise. 

– Dr.Bonnie Campbell, Faculty VanderCook College of Music Graduate School, Merit School of Music

I have been doing business with Lisa (Argiris) Canning for 20 years and I can’t recommend her skills highly enough. I have purchased all my clarinets through her for the past two decades, as have most of my students. I have always been thrilled with her ability to pick out clarinets for both myself and my students and wouldn’t consider going anywhere else.

– Jennifer Gerth, Principal Clarinet, Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, faculty University of St. Thomas, Augsburg College

I have known Lisa Canning for well over 20 years – and in that time I have seen a brilliant businesswoman, an entrepreneur, a superbly accomplished clarinetist, and a person with a drive and determination rarely seen. Lisa’s Clarinet Shop is, in essence, the ONLY place in the entire Chicago metropolitan area to purchase a clarinet – and to feel confident that the instrument has been hand picked and serviced by Lisa. All my clarinets – Eb, C, Bb, A, and Bass were purchased from Lisa – and I could not be more pleased with the quality and service that accompanied all my horns.
 
– Ralph Wilder, Principal Clarinet, Evanston Symphony Orchestra,  Adjunct Professor of Clarinet, North Park University,
Director Mt. Prospect Community Band,Leader – Ralph Wilder Orchestra

Whenever I am in the market for finding a clarinet for myself or one of my students, I know I can count on Lisa for the best service and selection. She offers outstanding customer service, a personal expertise in the selection of the finest clarinets available, and an overwhelming commitment to customer satisfaction. Her pledge of excellence is further exemplified by the fact that she exclusively sells Buffet Crampon clarinets – the cornerstone of fine craftsmanship. There is no doubt in my mind that Lisa’s Clarinet Shop is the place where you will find the best instrument to help you achieve your best musical voice!

– Diane Barger, Professor of Clarinet, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Gone are the days when you could walk into a music store and try 40 Buffet clarinets to find the best one. Today if you want the best equipment, you need someone to who knows what a good instrument is, and what your particular musical needs are. That person is Lisa Canning. You can spend a lot of time [and money] having instruments sent to you from online stores, or try the few instruments available locally, or get the best instrument possible from Lisa.

– Tom Parchman, Principal Clarinet, Portland Symphony Professor of Music, University of Southern Maine 

Lisa helped me get the best clarinet that I have ever had or tried. When it arrived, I had also received other clarinets on trial from other vendors fully expecting to select one of those, but was seduced by the gorgeous depth of tone of the clarinet that Lisa found for me, so there was no question that this was the horn for me, plus her customer service is impeccable and incomparable.

– Michael Drapkin, Author of the Symphonic Repertoire for the Bass Clarinet book series, Conn-Selmer Performing Artist 

When I looked at the testimonials on your website, I thought for sure that a recreational amateur player like myself would not be worthy of your service.  However, I was more than surprised that you not only took the time to talk with me, but provided excellent guidance; treated me with respect and provided excellent instruments suited to my needs and price range.  Thank you so much.  I will recommend your services to any person I know that is seeking to purchase a clarinet.

 – Robert Gunkle, Amateur Clarinetist  

Lisa has the ability to intuitively hand-pick clarinets based on her knowledge of each players individual style, which I believe makes her unique in the clarinet world. The clarinets she has sent to me and my students have been uniformly excellent and the envy of our colleagues. The fact that this service does not drive the price up , and the clarinets come already well-set-up, makes her all the more obvious a choice whenever anyone is in the market for new horns. I would recommend her to students and professionals alike without reservation.

– Richard MacDowell, Associate Professor of Clarinet,  Retired from University of Texas-Austin

Thank you so much for the time and attention you took to help Emily select a clarinet. I couldn’t have dreamed of a better experience. Emily is really excited about her new instrument and has been telling her friends all about it. I think the time you took and the encouragement you gave to Emily really made her feel special about herself and her new clarinet. Your extraordinary service was truly appreciated. 

-Mark Frost, Parent 

I have had a wonderful experience with Lisa– she has picked out terrific clarinet for me and several of my students. She is completely professional and at the same time, so approachable and easy to work with. I highly recommen her to anyone looking for quality Buffet clarinets at  affordable prices.

-Dr. Deborah Bish, Associate Professor of Clarinet, Florida State University

I’d like to say how grateful I am to Lisa Canning for her knowledge, patience, and understanding.I was looking to purchase a Buffet R-13 for my teenage son. I had been through the Ebay grinder and was tired and frustrated with the junk and lies I was told and sold.  I had read about Ms. Canning in a few internet forums and decided to give her a call. She was cordial, caring, and understanding. Having been burned so many times on Ebay, and not knowing myself which end to blow in, I took the clarinet to the local buffet dealer and had their repair guru look it over. He couldn’t say enough about what a beautiful instrument we had and told my son how lucky he was to have it. My son came home from the first day of school after getting the R-13 and was floating on air. Both the band director and the woodwind director noticed the new instrument and were impressed with it.  I can’t say enough about Lisa Canning and her abilities. The product she sells is everything she says it will be and it will meet your every expectation. Just a great breath of fresh air and a nice person to boot. Thank you again Ms. Canning for everything.

– Robert Gancarz, Father of a Clarinet student

I have worked with Lisa Canning for over 10 years and am consistently impressed with her working knowledge of the clarinet industry. She is patient and determined to find the perfect clarinet. You are amazing lisa! Thank you.

-Jason Gibbs, Florida Freelance Clarinetist/Music Educator Web design by ePageCity, Chicago Designers