Clarinets

Johann Christoph Denner invented the clarinet in Germany around the beginning of the 18th century. By adding a register key to a folk instrument called the chalumeau, Denner was able to extend the range of the instrument significantly. Over time, additional keywork and airtight pads were added to the clarinet to improve tone and playability. It has a single-reed mouthpiece, a straight cylindrical tube with an almost cylindrical bore, and a flared bell.

During the late baroque era, composers such as Bach and Handel were making new demands on the skills of their trumpeters, who were often required to play difficult melodic passages in the high, or as it came to be called, clarion register. Since the trumpets of this time had no valves or pistons, melodic passages would often require the use of the highest part of the trumpet's range, where the harmonics were close enough together to produce scales of adjacent notes as opposed to the gapped scales or arpeggios of the lower register. The trumpet parts that required this speciality were known by the term clarino and this in turn came to apply to the musicians themselves. It is probable that the term clarinet may stem from the diminutive version of the 'clarion' or 'clarino' and it has been suggested that clarino players may have helped themselves out by playing particularly difficult passages on these newly developed "mock trumpets".

Today, the clarinet is used in both jazz and classical ensembles, as well as in chamber groups, folk music, and as a solo instrument.

FEATURED CLARINETS

STUDENT MODELS

Yamaha YCL-200AD Clarinet

YAMAHA YCL-200AD

  • New barrel design produces a focused tone and quick response.
  • Nickel silver keys.
  • New bell design aids in projection and improves intonation in lower notes, allowing for the consistency and confidence in learning things correctly the first time.
  • Valentino pads are more durable, easier to repair, and less sensitive to temperature changes than other pads making them the student model choice.
  • Matte finish simulates the actual grain of wood while providing the advantage of a durable ABS resin material. Students will no longer feel uncomfortable playing their plastic model next to other students with wood models.
Backun Alpha Bb Clarinet

BACKUN ALPHA

The Backun Alpha Bb Clarinet is the result of years of research and development and the desire to give student clarinetists an affordable instrument that won’t restrict their development. Made from a proprietary synthetic material chosen for its excellent tonal qualities, the Alpha also gives professional players an instrument that they can confidently use for performances where a wooden instrument might not be appropriate.

  • Available in Nickel or Silver plated keywork
  • Each Alpha Bb Clarinet comes with
    • one Alpha 65mm Barrel
    • one Alpha Bell
    • a Mouthpiece Pack including a Mouthpiece, Ligature and Mouthpiece Cap
    • a Custom Backpack Case. 

INTERMEDIATE MODELS

Yamaha YCL-550AL Clarinet

YAMAHA YCL-550AL

  • Grenadilla wood body.
  • Silver-plated keys.
  • Gold-plated key posts create a distinctively elegant look.
  • Adjustable thumb rest increases player comfort.
  • Undercut tone holes aids outstanding intonation and response.
  • Power-forged keys for excellent durability.
  • Innovative bridge key design eliminates jamming or breaking of the bridge key.
  • Needle springs provide faster key action and excellent feel.
  • Resonance chamber “cutout” inside the bell allows for excellent projection of the tone.
  • French style case with cover for a small transport size.
Yamaha YCL-400AD Clarinet

YAMAHA YCL-400AD

  • Grenadilla wood body.
  • Sculptured, nickel-plated keys provide a more clear and focused tone and are a good alternative for people who have an allergic reaction to silver-plating.
  • 65mm barreldesign produces a focused tone and quick response.
  • Bell Design aids in projection and improves intonation in lower notes, allowing for consistency and confidence.
  • “Blue” steel spring material gives the keys a lighter touch and feel while producing a smooth, quick action.
  • Straight tone holes with tapered undercut provide outstanding intonation and response.
Backun Beta Bb Clarinet

BACKUN BETA

The Backun Beta was designed as an intermediate wooden clarinet for those taking the first leap into playing grenadilla. Whether you’re a young artist picking-up a clarinet for the first time, or a well-seasoned player, the Backun Beta offers exceptional tone, uncompromising craftsmanship and an affordable price, all in one outstanding instrument.

  • Crafted from premium, aged granadilla wood
  • Available with silver or nickel keywork
  • Backun Beta Clarinets come with
    • a Beta grenadilla barrel
    • a Backun grenadilla bell
    • mouthpiece pack (including mouthpiece, ligature and cap)
    • cork grease and a swab
    • a hardshell case that withstands school lockers and the harrowing trip home to practice. 
Backun Protégé Bb Clarinet

BACKUN PROTÉGÉ

An affordable professional instrument, the Protégé Bb Clarinet is the next logical step between beginner and Artist models. With its uncompromising tone, impeccable intonation and a unique acoustical design, the Protégé redefines what an aspiring player needs in a clarinet.

  • Available in Cocobolo or Grenadilla woods, with Rose Gold, Gold or Silver plated keywork
  • each Protégé Bb Clarinet comes with
    • one Protégé Barrel in 65mm length
    • one Protégé Bell
    • a Pochette Case and Case Cover. 

PROFESSIONAL MODELS

Yamaha YCL-CSGII Clarinet

YAMAHA YCL-CSGII

  • New Low E/F Pitch Correction Key helps bring a stabilized pitch center to that particular register.
  • New Alternate Ab/Eb Lever allows players an expanded selection of key combinations and transitions.
  • New bore design brings a warmer sound with a larger spectrum of tone colors and shadings.
  • New bell designeliminates the bell ring on this model, enriching the tonal qualities.
  • Hand-tapered undercut tone holes for superior tone quality.
  • Silver-plated nickel silver keys.
Yamaha YCL-SEV Clarinet

YAMAHA YCL-SEV

  • Tapered tone holes with hand-tapered undercut for optimum tone quality, intonation, and uniform response throughout the instrument’s range.
  • Bridge key design eliminates damage to the bridge key mechanism.
  • Select grenadilla hand-crafted from prime wood stock for optimum stability.
  • Integral tone holes are carved directly into the body of the instrument, achieving uniform resonance and response as well as rich tone color.
  • New bell design: The taper inside the bell is more open to provide for a round, full sound.
Yamaha YCL-650 Clarinet

YAMAHA YCL-650

  • New 65mm barrel produces a focused tone and quick response. Players looking for the tools necessary to maximize their performance will do just that with this clarinet.
  • New bell design: A new resonance chamber in the bell of the YCL-650 aids in projection and improves intonation in lower notes, allowing for consistency and confidence.
  • Natural finish
  • Adjustable thumb rest is designed for player comfort while needle springs provide faster key action.
 

BASS CLARINETS

Yamaha YCL-221II Clarinet

YAMAHA YCL-221II

  • Bb bass clarinet with a range to low Eb.
  • Matte finish ABS resin body.
  • 19 keys, 7 covered finger holes.
  • Nicke-plated keys and bell.
  • Nickel-plated ligature and plastic mouthpiece cap.
Accent BC570E Clarinet

ACCENT BC570E

  • Two piece drilled hard rubber body of highly durable material which will stand up well under extreme weather conditions with no loss in resonance.
  • Nickel-plated keys for durability and wear resistance.
  • Range to low Eb –extended range to handle the most demanding musical requirements.
  • “B” style neck is ergonomically designed for the mouthpiece to enter the embouchure at the correct angle thereby ensuring a better tone production.
  • White leather pads for added durability.
Accent BC770C Clarinet

ACCENT BC770C

  • Two piece drilled hard rubber body of highly durable material which will stand up well under extreme weather conditions with no loss in resonance.
  • Nickel-plated keys for durability and wear resistance.
  • Range to low C – extended range to handle the most demanding musical requirements.
  • “B” style neck is ergonomically designed for the mouthpiece to enter the embouchure at the correct angle thereby ensuring a better tone production.
  • White leather pads for added durability.