The Yamaha YCL-255 combines state-of-the-art production expertise with high-end Yamaha clarinet features. The result is an outstanding entry-level instrument that delivers a warm, resonant tone that is remarkably similar to that of a wood clarinet. It features an ABS resin body with a matte finish that imitates the look of a wood clarinet and an adjustable thumb-rest with a neck strap ring that allows for even those with small hands to easily hold the instrument.
A new adjustable thumb-rest accommodates different sized hands helping the player develop proper playing technique. In addition, a strap ring allows for the instrument to be held without extra effort. Firmer screws and silver soldered ring gives this new feature excellent durability.
A new bell made only of solid and durable ABS resin results in a lighter instrument with improved response. A resonance chamber in the bell aids in projection and improves intonation in lower notes.
A 65mm barrel based on high-end Yamaha clarinet designs helps to produces a focused tone.
The attractive matte finish simulates the actual grain of wood while providing the added durability of ABS resin.
Valentino pads are more durable, easier to repair, and less sensitive to temperature changes.
Bought this for my 5th grade son. We had bought another for my daughter 2 years ago in 5th grade and she's still using it in 7th. These are very good quality beginner instruments that are easy to play, and they're holding up well. We may upgrade once they hit high school band, but these may even suffice through high school as long as the kids take care of them properly. We found Vandoren reeds to be good quality, with a 2 hardness being great for beginners, moving to 2.5 pretty quickly. (Rico Lavoz are good, but seem very inconsistent within a box. Not worth the slight savings, IMO) Also, last year my daughter dropped and broke her mouthpiece. We found that a Selmer 77113 mouthpiece is a good, less expensive alternative beginner mouthpiece, FYI.