Yamaha Clarinets

Yamaha designs and creates clarinets for woodwind players who are just learning, intermediate players, advanced players, and professional musicians. The components included in Yamaha clarinets range from stainless-steel springs and matte ABS resin to nickel-silver keys and Valentino padding.

What Yamaha models are available for the clarinet?

  • Yamaha student: These instruments are designed to be lighter than the others and contain smaller keys. The woodwind instrument is typically made of wood or plastic. The wood tends to provide a more professional sound. This design isn't meant to focus on tone, but it is rather meant to teach the beginner how to perform the notes.
  • Yamaha intermediate clarinet: These intermediate instruments are designed to improve the musician's playing ability. Quality of the sound will also be improved due to the enhanced quality of the instrument. This version is almost always made out of wood.
  • Advanced Yamaha clarinet: Advanced Yamaha clarinets are typically heavier than student and intermediate models. They are made of aged wood and include a large bore. This makes the tone sound fuller while preventing physical damage to the instrument.
  • Professional: The specs for professional-model Yamaha clarinets will include premium parts when compared to other Yamaha models. These materials might include grenadilla wood with a complex bore design. They will have springs as well as some fine-tuning. Accessories such as the ligature and barrel will also be constructed with premium components.

What are the different types of clarinets?

  • A: This instrument is commonly used by players in a classical orchestra. It is a half-tone below a Yamaha Bb clarinet.
  • Bb: The Bb clarinet is considered to be the most common key for the instrument. The mouthpiece of the Bb clarinet is often similar to the mouthpiece of the A version of the instrument.
  • Eb: An Eb Yamaha clarinet is the smallest of the clarinet family. This instrument is high in pitch and is commonly used in college marching bands.
  • Other clarinets: You can also find the less-common alto, bass, and contra-clarinets that all resemble saxophones as they contain a funnel bend on the end.

What material is the mouthpiece made of?

Made of wood or plastic, the mouthpiece determines the quality of the sound. A wood mouthpiece of a good quality is more likely to give a crisp, sharp, and accurate sound. Typically, you will find plastic mouthpieces on student clarinets and wood mouthpieces on higher-end models.

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