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A superb condition Yamaha Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. 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 later preferred and endorsed the YCL64/65 range to the YCL81/82, 84/85 which were Yamaha's most expensive Custom models. The YCL81 was the top of the range professional model and this example is in superb condition.
The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is finest aged, unstained, Grenadilla. The Silver plated key work is also very good throughout, with only minor spots of tarnish, and in perfect regulation. This excellent clarinet has fish skin pads throughout in good order. All touch and tenon corks are good. There is no joint wobble. The matching serial nos. are 01680. The two supplied barrels measure 64.5mm and 66mm. The case is a Selmer which shows some wear to the interior and stains to the exterior,but latches well. The m'piece is a Yamaha 4C in good used condition.