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A superb condition Yamaha Bb clarinet. 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 late 1970's and early 1980's, when Yamaha made their first serious foray into top of the range professional clarinets. The wood was computer controlled, kiln dried, to assist in avoiding cracking, 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. Eddie Daniels, the world's foremost jazz player was such a convert: Perhaps surprisingly he preferred and endorsed the YCL64/65 range to the YCL84/85 which were Yamaha's most expensive Custom models. Though the 64 and 65 were sold as professional clarinets, unlike the modern 650, which is a Buffet E13 rival. The modern equivalent of the YCL64/65 is todays Yamaha CX Custom or above.
The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is finest aged, unstained, Grenadilla. The Silver plated key work is also pristine throughout. The double bladder fish skin pads, whilst not new, are all sealing well. All touch and tenon corks are good. There is no joint wobble. The instrument features an adjustable thumbrest. The matching serial nos. are 005349. The m'piece is a Yamaha 4C in excellent condition, as is the Yamaha hard shell case.