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 Plastic Marching?
Author: jacoblikesmusic 
Date:   2010-10-22 05:28

Need advice on whether to get a Yamaha-20 or a Buffet B12 solely used for marching. Pros and cons of each? Thanks.

I also came across a "Coudet" clarinet. Never heard anything about them. Any ideas on level, playability, intonation, consistency etc?
Also what about a plastic bundy?

I'm not all that familiar with the lower range instruments.

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 Re: Plastic Marching?
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2010-10-22 12:11

I'm not sure of the model names of the "student line" horns for Yamaha, but I recall some plastic Yamahas that were exceptionally well tuned and ran rings around their Selmer counterparts.

I had a chance to play a B12 recently........HORRIBLE.

...................Paul Aviles

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 Re: Plastic Marching?
Author: Sally 
Date:   2010-10-22 14:13

I often play onstage in musicals and when it is too risky to use my decent clarinet, I play on a plastic Yamaha. Not sure exactly what model of Yamaha it is but it was not expensive.

It is very easy to blow, bright tone, and easy to get a large dynamic range - in fact it is much easier to play loudly on than my good clarinet! It goes slightly sharp quite quickly as it warm us, and it is obviously more difficult to get a warm tone from a decent wooden clarinet. I usually find that I need to do some pulling in and out at all joints to keep the whole instrument in tune when it is warm.

I have also found that the right hand B/C mechanism gets bent slightly out fairly easily. It's also easy to bend back though! (Also this probably happens to my instrument due to the nature of the work - it gets carried around a lot onstage when not being played)

Generally I find this a perfectly playable instrument, especially in a situation where nuances of tone are not so important.

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 Re: Plastic Marching?
Author: Tony F 
Date:   2010-10-22 14:22

There's not much wrong with a plastic Bundy, basically a good horn, and rugged enough for outside work. The Yamaha is pretty good as well. The Yamaha seems to work better for people with smaller hands.

Tony F.

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 Re: Plastic Marching?
Author: Ken Shaw 2017
Date:   2010-10-22 14:39

For marching band, Bundy is by far the best. They're indestructible and work perfectly in any weather, whether it's a downpour, blazing hot or below freezing. Furthermore, you can get them on the Goodwill site for next to nothing. http://www.shopgoodwill.com/search/SearchKey.asp?itemTitle=clarinet&catid=0&sellerID=all&closed=no&minPrice=&maxPrice=&sortBy=itemEndTime&SortOrder=a&showthumbs=on

Ken Shaw

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 Re: Plastic Marching?
Author: JJAlbrecht 
Date:   2010-10-22 16:48

Be aware that the current "Bundy" clarinets have nothing to do with the classic Bundy clarinets of old, which were manufacctured in France by Selmer. The new ones are a licensing of the old brand name and logo by Woodwind and Brasswind and are produced for them in China. In and of itself, this is not a negative (think of the quality clarinets Tom Ridenour has made over there, then finishes himself here in the US), but it is something to keep in mind.


“Everyone discovers their own way of destroying themselves, and some people choose the clarinet.” Kalman Opperman, 1919-2010

"A drummer is a musician's best friend."

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 Re: Plastic Marching?
Author: Curinfinwe 
Date:   2010-10-22 17:02

I started on a plastic Vito when I started in band 8 years ago and it was great. I've tried the Yamaha 20 and the B12 and I think that the Vito is far superior to these, in terms of build quality, sound and intonation. I think there's usually some on Ebay. I'm not familiar with most of the models, but I had a Reso-Tone.

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 Re: Plastic Marching?
Author: pewd 
Date:   2010-10-22 18:31


- Paul Dods
Dallas, Texas

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