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YAMAHA SE-V CUSTOM Bb CLARINET, £1495
A Yamaha SE-V CUSTOM clarinet,
which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.
This instrument has been professionally owned by a UK player,
and is in very fine condition.
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 SE-V, which was Yamaha's most expensive clarinet, features different tapers to the bore, both top and bottom,
and the SE has slightly wider tonehole sizes, than the CS, resulting in a warmer, rounder sound and an abundance of overtones.
It also features a "scalloped" resonance chamber inside the bell to improve both projection and tuning of the lowest pitches.
In other words; this model was Yamaha's direct competitor to the RC Prestige, where as the CS, competed with the R13 Prestige.
Indeed the SE-V was such a succesful design for Yamaha that it has now been re-released as the SE-Artist,
with an eye watering price of close on £6000.