I don't know anything about clarinets either, but I would take a piece of any action that bets Yamaha makes a good beginner model.
I gave my teacher an overhauled Bundy as a farewell gift (he always wanted a plastic thingy to fool around with, and he finds ringless bells cute), he put his mouthpiece on and started playing. I was devastated. Not only did he sound better than me (he does that all the time, to be honest), but he sounded just as good (given the acoustics in the room and my mediocre ears) as on his concert horn...he just said "it's the mouthpiece, the reed and the player that make all the difference."Gordon (NZ) said:You don't need wood. It's over-rated! A lot of snob stuff attached to it. It probably does not affect sound.
What's their stock mpc? A 4C?danarsenault said:Yamaha YCL-250 with stock mpc or Fobes Debut.
I have done a lot of multi-instrumental playing in pits. Four times I have been "blown away" by the playing of the clarinetist beside me.tictactux said:I gave my teacher an overhauled Bundy.... he sounded just as good as on his concert horn....".
I did not mean to say that - I just said that under the given circumstances (just the two of us in an acoustically mediocre room) the benefits of his RC were not all that apparent. Plus, it's a matter of piece, taste and situation whether you prefer a velvety tone or a powerful honk.jbtsax said:I can't agree that the top of the line wooden clarinets such as the Buffet R13 do not have a better tone than the plastic body clarinets with all other things (player, mouthpiece, reed) being equal.
I also agree that a top of line wood clarinet such as the Buffet R13 most likely sounds better than a much lower quality plastic model, but how about same quality synthetic material clarinet, for example the Buffet Greenline? Several of the top professional clarinetists in the world play Greenlines.jbtsax said:I can't agree that the top of the line wooden clarinets such as the Buffet R13 do not have a better tone than the plastic body clarinets with all other things (player, mouthpiece, reed) being equal. As with oboes and piccolos the wood gives the instrument a warmer and more resonant sound when played well. Of course a great clarinetist can make a plastic clarinet sound very good, but when they play their part in the orchestra, symphonic band or big band, they reach for their wooden professional model because they sound even better.
Talk about prejudices...sometimes I have the impression schools and teachers are receiving the one or other sort of compensation for advocating brand X over brand Y. From a marketeer's perspective, this makes a lot of sense as many people stick to the brand they started with (whatever activity is involved, it's not only instruments).marcg said:I remember being sent right back to the shop....
I don't think it was an issue of commission in this case - that first teacher hated teaching the clarinet and eventually managed to focus on his main love, recorders.tictactux said:Talk about prejudices...sometimes I have the impression schools and teachers are receiving the one or other sort of compensation for advocating brand X over brand Y...