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A superb condition Yamaha A clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument was bought by a professional UK clarinettist who selected it from John Myatt's as the best professional A on offer at the price, and as a gift for his son, also a clarinettist, who went on to successfully audition for Trinity College of Music. The Yamaha 72 was manufactured as a Custom instrument, i.e. a top of the range professional model in the mid-1980's, and it will pair well with any of the professional Bb's in the Buffet or Yamaha range. 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. The A clarinets had improved response and intonation over Buffet as well. 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.
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 pads,which are fish skin, are not new, but are all sealing well. All touch and tenon corks are good. There is no joint wobble. The serial nos. are 001137. The m'piece is a Yamaha 4C in very good condition, as is the original double case.