Yamaha YCL-221 Low Eb Bass Clarinet
The Yamaha YCL-221 takes the professional level bass clarinet and adapts it for beginning musicians. The adaptation starts with the neck of the bass clarinet, the same angle as Yamaha’s professional models, for a playing position which eliminates strain. A matte finish has been applied to the resin body which gives the clarinet a wood-like appearance while maintaining its lightness, durability and affordability over wooden counterparts. The tone holes on the instrument are carefully placed to facilitate accurate intonation with a rounded design making the keys sturdier.
Leather pads (Like those found on saxophones) are used on this bass clarinet. These pads have a longer life and are better suited for closing tone holes completely on the larger bass clarinet rather than traditional clarinet pads. Rubber rings on the joints of the instrument also help prevent leaks and make the instrument easier to put together. Designed to have a resonant, warm sound, easy-blowing response and great intonation, the Yamaha YCL-221 is the top pick student bass clarinet.