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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000421.txt from 1999/06

From: Roger Garrett <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Yamaha YCL-SE Bb clarinet
Date: Fri, 11 Jun 1999 20:53:08 -0400

On Mon, 14 Jun 1999, J. Thole wrote:
> Compared to my Buffet
> E-13 the response is more evenly. The sound is definitely not "buffet-like",
> but I think it is more "stable". The intonation seems very good, but I did
> not control it with a tuner, yet. Of course these are my personal opinions,
> and not a judgement of Buffet versus Yamaha. I did play it with my own
> mouthpieces, a Vandoren V360 and B45.
> Is $1375 a good price for this instrument (approx. 2 years old)? Should I
> check the history of the instrument with Yamaha?


I strongly encourage you to try the model Buffets that are in the same
level of production as the SE - that is, compare professional against

Having tried the Yamaha SE at the OK Symposium, I felt it was a good
clarinet. However, you should test the R-13 and the R-13 Greenline
Buffets as well when comparing brands.

$1375 without a warranty and for a two year old instrument is not bad -
but not great - especially for an instrument you want to have for the rest
of your life. I would continue to look around.
Roger Garrett
Professor of Clarinet
Director - Concert Band, Symphonic Winds & Titan Band
Advisor - Recording Studio
Illinois Wesleyan University

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