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Yamaha Professional Bb Clarinet - YCL-650

Product Sku: YCL-650

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Purchase this instrument and receive a free 1-year extended warranty that starts at the expiration of the factory warranty!

The Yamaha YCL-650 professional clarinet is an excellent alternative for those who are serious about their performance, but need to watch their budget.

The specifications of the YCL-650’s bell, barrel, tone holes and other features are strikingly similar to those of Yamaha’s coveted Custom SEV clarinets, giving the YCL-650 its warm, round, and deeply resonant sound. Made of carefully selected and seasoned grenadilla wood and boasting an enormous amount of handcrafting and hand finishing, the YCL-650 features tapered, hand-undercut tone holes for precise intonation and superior tonal balance. This professional clarinet also features beautifully sculpted keys designed by master artisans for perfect balance. 

As with all new Yamaha Band Instruments, the YCL-650 includes Yamahas unbeatable 5-Year Factory Warranty. 

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

Product Details 

Level: Professional
The YCL-650 clarinet is a professional 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-650 has a 65mm barrel, a typical barrel measurement. The clarinet barrel is the piece that connects the mouthpiece to the upper joint. Based on Yamaha’s high-end professional and custom clarinet designs, the barrel for the YCL-650 helps to produce a focused tone and quick response.
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Body, Bell, and Barrel Material: Grenadilla
The body, bell, and barrel of the Yamaha YCL-650 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-650 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-650 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-650 has been carefully machined by skilled workers employing meticulous techniques, giving this professional clarinet a very rich tonal aesthetic.
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Tone Holes: Tapered inset; tapered undercut
The YCL-650 has tapered tone holes with a tapered undercut. Undercut (also known as “fraised”) tone holes aid in pitch flexibility and rich tone production. The tone holes on the Yamaha YCL-650 clarinet are carefully undercut by hand.
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Thumb Rest: Adjustable
Yamaha’s YCL-650 clarinet has an adjustable thumb rest. Given that
there are so many different sizes and shapes of hands, it certainly makes sense to accommodate these variances. An adjustable thumb rest is designed to optimize comfort.
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Mouthpiece: Yamaha 4CM, hard rubber
Yamaha’s 4CM hard rubber clarinet mouthpiece is a suitable choice for professional players. It is durable, easy to clean, and encourages a great tone quality. Keep in mind that although the 4CM is a great mouthpiece, many professional 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-650 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-650 fits perfectly on the Yamaha 4CM 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-650 are Lucien deluxe double skin. 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
Blue steel springs give the keys a lighter touch and feel than regular stainless steel springs 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 requ re 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-650, 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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  1. YCL-650 Beautiful Clarinet 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Apr 2019

    Thank you for the beautiful ycl-650 clarinet.
    I ordered it on 4/12 and received it on 4/16 – very fast.
    I love the sound of it and, surprisingly, it plays in tune without having to adjust the barrel.
    Also, thank you for the free accessories you included with my order.
    This is definitely an improvement over my ycl-450N which I purchased used several years ago from you (Hyson).

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