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YAMAHA SE-V CUSTOM Bb CLARINET, £1245
An excellent condition Yamaha SE-V CUSTOM clarinet,
wich 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 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 features different tapers to the bore, both top and bottom,
and the SE-V has slightly wider tonehole sizes, than the CS-V, resulting in a warmer, rounder sound with excellent resonance.
In other words; this model was Yamaha's direct competitor to the RC Prestige, where as the CS-V, competed with the R13 Prestige.
The tuning and voicing is improved over the regular Yamaha SE, with
each tone hole being individually hand-tapered and undercut for optimum tone quality,
intonation, and uniform response throughout the instrument's range.
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.