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YAMAHA CS CUSTOM Bb CLARINET, CHARLES COLLECTION, 895

An excellent condition Yamaha CS CUSTOM clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The sole former owner is a London based professional sax and clarinet player, who has decided it is time to "prune" his large clarinet collection. His copious collection of saxes will remain intact however! Most of the instruments offered for sale have been chosen carefully, and at length, from multiple examples from main London dealers.
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 considerabily cheaper price to the customer. So it was in the mid 1990's, when Yamaha began manufacture of the Custom CS and SE range. The CS features standard tapers to the bore, both top and bottom, which are less exaggerated than those on the SE. The bore at 14.78mm is larger than a comparable Buffet. 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 002278. The fish skin pads are not new, they are all sealing well now, but some will need replacing in the next 6 months or so. The Silver plated key work is very good throughout, with no discernable wear, apart from an area of slight discolouration, see photos 7 & 8. It is likely that this tarnishing has occurred simply through the instrument being stored, unused, in a case. The supplied m'pieces is a Selmer HS** in excellent condition. The case is a Boosey and Hawkes in good condition.