Yamaha YCL-255 Student Bb Clarinet
Yamaha takes their professional level clarinet and adapts it for beginner musicians with the YCL-250 model with an adjustable thumb rest allowing students to customize the clarinet to their hand size and comfort. This clarinet has silver soldered rings which reinforce the fragile tenons and joints between the pieces of the clarinet and make the instrument much more durable. Yamaha also outfits the YCL-255 with Valentino pads which are resistant to humidity and temperature changes and consistently cover tone holes to avoid leaks.
Aesthetically, the body of the clarinet has a matte finish to look more like wood but the plastic/resin material ensures a lighter weight horn which is easier to hold. This includes the bell which is designed with a resonance chamber to enhance projection of the sound and aides in intonation in the lower range of the clarinet. The barrel, the topmost piece of the clarinet where the mouthpiece is connected, is similar to Yamaha’s professional clarinets for a focused sound. Designed for a warm, resonant tone, the Yamaha YCL-255 is an excellent caliber instrument for the beginner.