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YAMAHA CS-V CUSTOM Bb CLARINET, £1345
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.