The Yamaha YCL450S is a popular upgrade from the student YCL255S. The most obvious difference between the two is that the body of the YCL450 is produced entirely from solid Grenadilla wood which produces a wonderful, resonant sound quality - it is the sort of sound you can only really get from a wooden instrument and as the first model in the Yamaha line-up to be made in this way it is a well regarded up-grade instrument. The instrument also benefits from silver plated key-work, this makes it less slippery than the nickel used on cheaper instruments and is also much better for allergy sufferers.
Yamaha have the advantage of being a prolific instrument maker and because their clarinet range extends to serious, professional models, if is possible for them to utilize any design innovations across their range. This is particularly noticeable when it comes to the bell shape and barrel design on the YCL450S which consequently provides a focused tone and solid response.
The instrument also has straight tone holes with a tapered undercut which provides less resistance and helps with tone quality and intonation. It has a wonderfully light, yet solid action which incorporates blue steel springs and Pisoni pads.
It really is the instrument for any improving student, someone who has outgrown that first clarinet and is working their way through the grades. It is wonderful value and comes complete with a hard case, silver plated ligature, Yamaha 4C mouthpiece and cleaning materials.
Also worth pointing out that all woodwind instruments are supplied fully set up which means that your new clarinet will be ready to play, straight from the case!
- 65mm barrel length
- Fixed thumb-rest
- Boehm tone hole system
- Grenadilla wood body
- CL4C mouthpiece
- 17 Keys, 6 Rings
- Silver-plated nickel keys
- Key Bb
- Straight tone holes with tapered undercut