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YAMAHA CS-V CUSTOM Bb CLARINET, £2395
A near mint condition pair of Yamaha CS-V CUSTOM clarinets,
with only slight wear to the stamps to distinguish these instruments from new.
The pair have been professionally owned and played here in the UK. In
addition to the regular Yamha barrels, they are supplied with two "fat boy"
interchangeable barrels in Rosewood and Grenadilla.
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.