I'm not ready to do this yet, but I thought I'd ask for opinions from users who have tried these libaries, so I have some idea of which way to go in the future, because I am really torn between the two of them.
I recently purchased the Westgate French Horns and I was quite impressed -- with both the quality of the samples and the variety of articulations. I liked the demos of their clarinets, the variety of the articulations, and their price.
But I like the Wallander clarinet demos, too. I was particularly intrigued by the fact that the package includes A and Bb Clarinets. The samples mp3s posted on their web site certainly suggest that each has a different character. I am not familiar with any other library that has attempted to include A clarinets. From what I have read, clarinet players switch between the A and Bb instruments, depending on the key of the piece, to make fingering easier. If that's the only reason to have an A clarinet, it's hard to see why it should be included in a sample library that's going to be used with a keyboard. Is it my imagination -- or just the selections chosen for the sample pieces -- that makes it sound like the A clarinet has a discernably different character? A slightly different character that might be useful sometimes.
Finally -- and again this is based soley on the sample songs on the Wallander and Westgate web sites -- it seems like the Westgate samples have a little more emphasized attack. (I'm not talking about just the staccatto articulations. I mean a sustain that clearly articulates the note and holds it, rather than behaving like a swell or a scoop up or down.) The Wallander instruments sound good, too, but their demos make the attacks seem a little less solid (a bit more like the attack on a French Horn than a trumpet). It seems to "speak" a little later.
I'm just wondering if anyone who owns either or both the Westgate and Wallander clarinents and could comment on their experience with them.