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*Certified Pre-Owned* Yamaha Intermediate Bb Clarinet - YCL-450

Product Sku: YCL-450AS

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Designed for the advancing clarinetist, the Yamaha YCL-450 is considered one of the finest intermediate level instruments available.

The Yamaha YCL-450 shares many features with Yamaha’s professional and custom clarinets, giving intermediate players the look and feel of a far more expensive instrument. An updated bell design improves intonation, and the new barrel design aids in pitch control.

Included Accessories: hard-shell plastic clarinet case,4C mouthpiece, silver-plated ligature and mouthpiece cap, linen swab, cork grease

This clarinet is also available with nickel-plating: Yamaha YCL-450N

Check out a professional Yamaha clarinet model: YCL-650

Product Details

Level: Intermediate
The YCL-450 clarinet is an intermediate level instrument.
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Key: Bb
The Bb clarinet is a transposing instrument. A transposing instrument is one whose music is not read or played at concert pitch. The Bb clarinet sounds one whole step lower than written; therefore, Bb clarinet parts are written to accommodate.
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Fingering: Boehm
The Boehm clarinet fingering system was developed in the mid-1800s, after clarinetist Hyacinthe Klosé and instrument maker Louis-Auguste Buffet adapted the system that had recently been implemented for the flute by German flautist Theobold Boehm. Boehm himself was actually not at all involved in the clarinet’s adaptation of his innovative flute fingering system. This system’s use of ring keys and needle springs drastically changed and improved fingering, making it easier to play difficult passages by introducing alternate key positions. While a few other key systems have been developed since, none have really gained much traction, and the Boehm clarinet fingering system has remained the industry-wide standard.
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Key System: 17 keys, 6 rings
A 17 key, 6 ring key system is standard of the Boehm system and also ideal for most players. Clarinets with more keys (20 or 22) and fewer rings (4 or 5) do exist, but the advantages of these atypical types of key systems are debatable.
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Barrel Length: 65mm
The YCL-450 has a 65mm barrel, a typical barrel measurement for an intermediate player. The clarinet barrel is the piece that connects the mouthpiece to the upper joint. Based on Yamaha’s high-end clarinet designs, the barrel for the YCL-450 helps to produce a focused tone.
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Body, Bell, and Barrel Material: Grenadilla
The body, bell, and barrel of the Yamaha YCL-450 are made with real grenadilla wood, giving the instrument not only a beautiful appearance, but also a rich sound. Grenadilla is often the type of wood used for making instruments because of its hard, smooth surface, and its strong resistance to absorbing moisture. It is a stable and dense material, and grenadilla’s very close grains make it quite conducive to careful machining. It is very important to maintain your grenadilla wood clarinet properly by avoiding sudden changes in temperature and humidity and drying the instrument thoroughly after each use.
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Key Material: Nickel Silver
Nickel silver is a copper alloy, and despite what its silvery appearance and name imply, it actually contains no elemental silver. Yamaha prides itself on using only top quality, durable materials for their keys. This dedication to high standards gives the YCL-450 durable keys that are less susceptible to breakage. Some companies have been criticized for cutting corners by using softer metals for their keys, but in the end this can lead to bending and less precise mechanisms. Use of durable metal in key construction helps to prevent leaks, intonation issues, frequent repairs, and endless frustration.
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Plating: Silver
The YCL-450 clarinet has silver-plated keys, providing not only an enhanced appearance, but also a wonderful feel. In order to make the keys to the appropriate strength level, a technique called power forging is used. The process results in exceptionally durable keys that are contoured to the best possible ergonomic shape. Keep in mind that silver does tarnish, and therefore maintenance with a silver polishing cloth is important. Even tarnished silver can be made to look very nice with proper polishing. Do not use liquid silver polish, as it can interfere with the mechanisms of the clarinet.
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Bore: Machined
The inner chamber of a clarinet is created through a process of drilling with a borer. Precision is crucial, as the bore of a clarinet will play a major role in determining the tone of the instrument. Yamaha’s YCL-450 has been carefully machined by skilled workers who have adapted the same meticulous techniques used for their professional clarinet models, giving this intermediate clarinet a very pro-like tonal aesthetic.
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Tone Holes: Straight inset; tapered undercut
The YCL-450 has straight tone holes with a tapered undercut. Undercut (also known as “fraised”) tone holes aid in pitch flexibility and rich tone production.
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Thumb Rest: Fixed
Yamaha’s YCL-450 clarinet has a fixed position thumb rest, seated at the optimal location for comfort and performance dexterity. If an adjustable thumb rest is an important feature to you, you may prefer Yamaha’s professional clarinet model, the YCL-650, which has an adjustable thumb rest.
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Mouthpiece: Yamaha 4C
Yamaha’s 4C clarinet mouthpiece is a smart choice for beginner and intermediate players. It is durable, easy to clean, and encourages a great tone quality. Keep in mind that although the 4C is a great choice, many players choose to upgrade to another mouthpiece for various reasons, mostly boiling down to personal preference.
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Mouthpiece Cap: Silver-plated
A mouthpiece cap is important for protecting the mouthpiece when it is not being used. The YCL-450 comes with an attractive silver-plated mouthpiece cap. It is important for players to wipe and swab the mouthpiece after use, before capping and storing, to prevent musty odors and mold from forming.
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Ligature: Silver-plated
The clarinet ligature is a small metal band that attaches the reed to the mouthpiece. The silver-plated ligature that comes with the YCL-450 fits perfectly on the Yamaha 4C mouthpiece, and can also be used with other mouthpieces.
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Pad Type: Lucien deluxe double skin
Under some keys on the clarinet, there are round pads. The role of the pad is to prevent air from leaking out when the key is pressed. There are various types of clarinet pad materials, such as felt (rarely in use for the modern clarinet), cork, leather, and synthetic. The pads used on the YCL-450 are Lucien deluxe double skin, exactly the same pads used on Yamaha’s YCL-650 professional clarinet. Lucien deluxe double skin pads are flat and firm, which means fewer leaks, better sound reflection, better feel, and ultimately a longer pad lifetime.
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Spring Type: Blue steel needle
One of the pro-like upgrades that Yamaha has made to its intermediate YCL-450 clarinet, as compared to their standard entry-level model, is the use of blue needle steel springs rather than stainless steel springs. Blue steel springs give the keys a lighter touch and feel while allowing for smooth, quick key action. The spring helps to open and close each key over the corresponding tone hole. This is an important job for a small pin; if the springs are too tight, the key will require too much pressure to close; and if the springs are too loose, keys will be slow to rise back up after being pressed.
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Posts: Threaded
Clarinet keys are mounted on small metal pillars called posts. The YCL-450, like many clarinet models, has threaded posts. In the process of mounting the clarinet keys, holes are drilled into the instrument, the threaded posts are screwed into place, and finally the keys are screwed into the posts. This process creates a firm, secure hold.
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