The Bis key and the clarinet:
In the history of the clarinet most players use what is called the Plain Boehm system clarinet… it is the most popular and clarinet players being anal as they are talk about not needing alter keys or fingerings… the key word is anal!.. If there can be a key that helps why not have it… the sixth ring on the clarinet offers many hard passages a lot more easier…. Now if you do not want or have the sixth ring on the clarinet you love then the Bis is a great option…
The problem with most of the bis keys that can be added to the clarinet with screws is they are too close to the 1st finger of the left hand… since this is an optional key the player must be able to use it but not have it in the way….
I have heard many clarinet players talk about the pitch and tone of the alternate keys… hell, if it is going by fast enough, trust me no one will know…. Also when we practice the alternate fingerings we learn what they can do and when we need them…..