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An excellent condition Yamaha CS-V CUSTOM clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The former owner has just completed a clarinet degree at the The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, for which he used this instrument. It was purchased new some 5 years ago. It is received wisdom within the music industry that when Yamaha launch a new product, they will have made every conceivable effort to outdo their competitors, at a considerably cheaper price to the customer. So it was in the mid 1990's, when Yamaha began manufacture of the Custom CS-V and SE range. The CS-V features different tapers to the bore, both top and bottom, and the CS-V has slightly smaller tonehole sizes, than the SEV, resulting in a clearer, more focused sound with excellent projection. In other words; this model was Yamaha's direct competitor to the R13 Prestige, where as the SEV, competed with the RC Prestige. The tuning and voicing is improved over the regular Yamaha CS, with each tone hole being individually hand-tapered and undercut for optimum tone quality, intonation, and uniform response throughout the instrument's range. The wood was unstained matched Grenadilla, the silver plate, and key work, was of considerably better quality than Buffet. Many players found the ease with which these instruments responded completely won them over.
The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is pristine finest aged, unstained, Grenadilla. This Bb has matching S/N 05008. The instrument is padded in Pisoni finest white leather pads, which are all in very good condition. The Silver plated key work is very good throughout, with no discernable wear. The supplied m'piece is a used Selmer C85 120. The case is the original Yamaha in pristine condition. This instrument represents superb value for money: For less than the cost of a new Buffet E13, one can purchase an instrument more consistent than most Buffet R13 Prestige Bbs.