I've heard a lot about the instrument-it is the necessary double for every orchestral or chamber clarinetist, but do I need one? I see everyone else around these forums has one, and i recently went to a masterclass where everyone there had an A too. However, these were all high school and college players. I'm just finishing 8th grade. Do i really need an A clarinet? they're really expensive, and I don't feel like spending any more money. My parents have spent a total of about $2000 to get me a good Bb and Eb clarinet for my school band, all-county and local wind ensemble, and youth orchestra, and I really don't want to waste any money for anything other than essentials.