The clarinet Yamaha line is a very impressive, successful, and reliable line of Bb, Eb, and Bass clarinets. I have no experience playing on a Yamaha clarinet, but I have heard high remarks on their clarinet line. The clarinet Yamaha line is a perfect line for students who desire a high-quality clarinet at an affordable price. This article will discuss the clarinet Yamaha line.
Yamaha Bb Clarinets
Yamaha YCL - 255
The Yamaha YCL - 255 is an excellent clarinet for beginners. This clarinet provides a warm, resonant tone. In the video below, Simon Bates, a professional wind player, and Sam Gregory, a product specialist, review and demo the Yamaha YCL - 255 Beginner Clarinet. The Yamaha 255 provides a deep, full sound that is great for beginner clarinetists. The clarinet is lightweight and has an adjustable thumb-rest and neck strap ring. These features aid beginner clarinetists by providing comfort to their hand position.
This clarinet is made out of ABS resin which is a sturdy plastic. The clarinet body has a matte finish that makes it look like a wood clarinet. The bell is newly designed to offer an improved response and resonance chamber that aids in projection and intonation in the lower register. The keywork and plating is nickel. The pads are Valentino pads which are said to be more durable, easier to repair, and less sensitive to fluctuations in temperature. It comes with a 65mm barrel and a Yamaha 4C mouthpiece.
Yamaha YCL - CSVR Series Professional
The Yamaha YCL - CSVR clarinet is the final product after years of development dedicated to crafting a Custom clarinet that would offer a beautiful sound, consistent quality, and an affordable price. The CSVR clarinet is a great clarinet for advanced to professional clarinetists. It produces a heavier, richer tone and incredible intonation throughout all ranges.
The CSVR clarinet body, barrel, and bell are made out of Grenadilla wood. The clarinet has a poly cylindrical bore, silver-plated keys, and rings, hand-tapered and undercut tone holes, and an ergonomically designed key system. The ergonomic design made the C#/G# 2mm longer. The pads are made out of durable leather that provides a rich tonal quality and buzz-free sound. This clarinet features an adjustable thumb rest and neck strap ring. The barrel that comes with this clarinet is a 65mm barrel. The bell is in the traditional bell shape.
The CSVR clarinet comes with a custom clarinet case and case cover. Inside, there is a 4CM Yamaha mouthpiece (hard rubber), a metal ligature, a mouthpiece cap, a microfiber cleaning swab, and a polishing cloth.
Yamaha YCL - 650
The Yamaha YCL - 650 clarinet is an excellent clarinet for an affordable price. Its sound is warm, resonant, and round. Specifications of this clarinet are similar to the custom SEV model. Considering the high-quality features of the clarinet, the Yamaha 650 is a bargain.
The clarinet is made out of Grenadilla wood and the keywork is silver-plated. It has a cylindrical bore that makes it easier to play and project. The clarinet comes with a 65mm barrel with a new design that improves tonal focus and response. It also features a newly-designed bell. This newly-designed bell aids in projection and consistent intonation in the lower registers. The clarinet has a natural finish that makes it look polished and professional. This clarinet comes with adjustable thumb rest, a 4C Yamaha mouthpiece, Yamaha case, and Yamaha care accessories.
Yamaha YCL - 450 NM Duet+ Intermediate
The Yamaha Duet+ models are made out of a combination of Grenadilla wood and ABS resin. The ABS resin forms a protective layer next to the air column, improving durability and decreasing the risk of cracking. This feature is great for clarinetists that are involved in marching band and/or pep band.
The Yamaha 450 NM Duet+ is a great clarinet for young students who are upgrading to a higher-quality clarinet for the first time. The new designs of the bell and barrel improve intonation and projection throughout all of the ranges, especially the chalumeau range. This clarinet has a poly cylindrical bore which helps younger clarinetists produce a bigger and rounder sound. The keys are nickel-plated which provides a more clear and centered tone. Nickel-plated keys serve as an alternative for those who are allergic to the silver-plated keys. This clarinet has Valentino pads that produce a darker tone. The Valentino pads are waterproof and provide stability during temperature and humidity changes.
Yamaha YCL - SE Artist Model Professional
The Yamaha YCL - SE Artist Model is an excellent clarinet for advanced clarinetists. It is the highest of the SE model series. This clarinet provides a warm, rich, and flexible sound. This clarinet is made out of Grenadilla wood. The keywork of this clarinet is made out of both silver and rose gold. There is an E/F correction mechanism to improve intonation in the low register since those notes tend to be flat. Along with the E/F correction key, there is also an Eb key for the left hand. Having the extra Eb key for the left hand will make fast and technical passages less cumbersome for the pinky fingers. This clarinet comes with a 65mm and a 66mm barrel, allowing the clarinetist to choose which one is better suited for optimal intonation.
There is also a Yamaha YCL - SE Artist Model Professional clarinet in A.
Yamaha Bass Clarinets
Yamaha YCL - 221 Student Bass Clarinet
The Yamaha 221 bass clarinet is a great bass clarinet for students because of its high-quality sound at an affordable price. This bass clarinet is made out of ABS resin, making the bass clarinet very lightweight. The body is finished with a matte coating, making the bass clarinet look fresh and professional. This bass clarinet has a re-designed neck angle, the same neck angle as professional bass clarinets, to provide a more comfortable and normal playing position. The pads on this bass clarinet are long-lasting, provide a better feel, and increase the projection of sound. The register tone hole is re-designed and carefully placed to improve intonation. The new joint system of this bass clarinet prevents air leaks and prevents keys from binding.
Yamaha 621 Eb Professional
The Yamaha 621 Eb professional bass clarinet is a professional level bass clarinet. The body of this bass clarinet is made out of Grenadilla wood. The bell, neck-pipe, and keys are silver-plated. The metal inner tenon sleeve improves sealing and The unique quality of this bass clarinet is that it extends down to a low Eb.
Yamaha 622II Low C Professional
The Yamaha 622II bass clarinet is a professional-level bass clarinet. This bass clarinet offers a rich, warm sound with powerful projection and precise intonation. The unique quality of this bass clarinet is that it can extend down to low C. The tone holes are in a straight design to ensure a consistent and uniform response. The 2-piece body is made out of Grenadilla wood. The bell, neck pipe, and keys are silver-plated. This bass clarinet comes with a floor peg.
Yamaha Eb Clarinet
Yamaha YCL - 681 Eb Clarinet
The Yamaha 681 Eb Clarinet is a beautiful, Grenadilla wood clarinet with silver-plated keys and inset, undercut tone holes. Undercut tone holes ensure quality intonation and projection. Inset tone holes makes the sound more clear and focused. The thumb rest is fixed.
The clarinet Yamaha line has a very good reputation for selling high-quality clarinets. The clarinet Yamaha line produces high-quality clarinets at a student-friendly price which is perfect for beginning students who want a high-quality sound.