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 Yet another CSVR praise
Date:   2018-01-12 07:31

Having heard many overwhelmingly positive reports on the Yamaha CSVR for many months, I have become really intrigued. Yesterday I finally had the chance of testing a CSVR Bb, and I am now joining the chorus praising this horn.

For 3 years I have been playing a Buffet Festiva Bbl that had an odd feel to it, mainly being a bit uneven at times(though I tested someone else's Festival and it noticeably different than mine).

At the first blow into the CSVR, I was astonished how responsive and warm the instrument sounded. The whole spectrum of fundamentals, mid-tones and overtones blended beautifully, creating a warm(but not dark and dead), refined sound that made my Festival sound edgy and harsh.

Like many have said, the CSVR felt quite even throughout the range,and made my embouchure feel very comfortable. No notes pop out too much than the rest. It was almost effortless to go up to an altissimo G, and was fairly manageable on Ab and A(but again I'm still working on these 2 notes). Articulation was clear yet not too harsh. The throat tones did not sound awfully different than the rest of the range.

However, the only 2 problems I have is that upper chalumeau(From middle F to G) seems to be a bit flat(10-15 cents if I recall). Throat A and Bb, on the other hand, were noticeably sharp. However, I can't be sure if it is the instrument or my own voicing that caused the problems. FYI I am using a 65mm stock barrel.

Overall I am very, very impressed with the CSVR. Having tested most wooden Buffet models(except the Tradition, Legende, Tosca and Divine), Some earlier Yamahas, a Selmer or two and some Backuns, the CSVR is certainly one of the best instruments I've ever tried, as well as one of the quickest to get adjusted to. It certainly did put my Buffet Festival into shame that I am actually considering replacing the latter with a CSVR. And keep in mind that the Festival costs 1.5 times of that of the CSVR!

Now I know that there are some(including my current teacher) have prejudices against Yamaha clarinets, but I would suggest everybody keep an open mind and give the CSVR a go, you might be in for a pleasant surprise!


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