Color-Ring© System

Lisa Canning, creator of SeriO® and owner of Lisa’s Clarinet Shop has been helping clarinetists advance more quickly with the right instrument for 4 decades. Her ability to properly match the right instrument to the needs of each musician inspired her to codify her system into something that can be visualized and taught. Lisa calls it The Color-Ring© System.

About The Rings

Each SeriO instrument we ship comes with small color-rings (see image) hanging from a string with the serial number of the instrument(s). Once our instruments have been fully professionally set up, we identify its distinguishing color and shape of sound and match them to your playing needs. Our process helps musicians rapidly improve- often before our very eyes, and surprisingly equally on zoom or the telephone. It is that noticeable!

How to Use Our Color-Ring© System

How to Use Our
Color-Ring© System

1. Select Your Foundation Color of Sound – Bright (red) and/or Dark (brown)

Every clarinetist has a fundamental shape of sound that is either dark, bright or somewhere in the middle. Every instrument also has a fundamental shape of sound that is either dark, bright or somewhere in the middle.

Most of the time we are attracted to selecting an instrument that is the most like our fundamental coloring but it’s actually better to select something that balances your natural tendencies.

Dark (Brown) works best if you have a brighter sound, and Bright (Red) works best if you have a darker sound. If you sound neither bright or dark, you should request models that have both brown and red color-rings.

2. Select Your Shape of Sound – Big (purple) and/or Smooth (green)

If you find you struggle with interval leaps and in general playing evenly, trying instruments with green color-rings will help you achieve a smoother creamy shape of sound. Instruments with green color-rings tend to have less color in their shape of sound.

If you use a lot of air and feel that your current instrument lacks color because you over blow it, an instrument with a purple color-ring will help. These instruments produce the biggest shape of sound possible. While it might seem enticing to try instruments with purple color-rings because they are bigger sounding instruments, if you don’t naturally play with a lot of air, it will feel difficult to control this kind of instrument and equally be less flexible and colorful because you naturally don’t use a lot of air.

3. Select your Color of Sound – Sweet (pink) and/or Ringy (orange)

When we listen to old recordings of Robert Marcellus, Harold Wright, Ralph McLane, Anthony Gigliotti we hear sweet singing resonant clarinet playing.  If you don’t naturally have a lot of color in your sound selecting instruments that offer it to you, will help you tremendously.

If you want more ring in your sound, request an instrument with plenty of ping which will come with an orange color-ring.

If you want more beauty in your sound, sweeter sounding instruments will be smaller in shape, more compact in feel and come with a pink color-ring.

Remember our color-ring system is a matching system to compliment your natural tendencies to enhance your playing. When you don’t achieve a complimentary match, you will find it difficult to play evenly and in tune.

Our Models

Bb clarinets

Available in Claro, OscurO and DC models.​


A clarinets

Available in Claro and OscurO Models.​


Eb clarinets

Available in Claro and OscurO Models.​


Bass clarinets

Available only in the Claro Model.​


Bb Backpack​
Lightweight bag​ with backpack or shoulder strap.​



Available in Claro, OscurO and DC models.​



Available in Claro and OscurO Models.​



Available in Claro and OscurO Models.​



If you are serious about playing the clarinet, make sure you try SeriO. They play like instruments that sell for twice their price.

Robert Blazek

~Retired Band Director

I purchased SeriO clarinets for our students and was so pleased with the sound and quality of these instruments. They really helped our students improve.

Don Nathan

Retired Band Director and Woodwind Repair Technician @

For me, the OscurO model provided consistency in sound in all registers, beautifully, allowing me to achieve my goals quicker in terms of controlling my sound and growing in musical expression. For me, SeriO is the Cadillac of clarinets for my needs.

Keith Schreiner

Adult Clarinetist

The two SeriO A clarinets we bought —from you right before COVID hit— are wonderful instruments!

Craig Rine

Affiliate Artist and Lecturer at Pacific Lutheran University