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 Re: YCL-651
Author: Ursa 
Date:   2018-03-16 05:57

I find the 650 to be a delightful clarinet, eminently capable of a very high level of musical expression. But, don't take anyone's word for that--you really need to try the 650 for yourself.

I do agree with jdbassplayer's characterization of the 650 as the "Toyota Corolla" of clarinets--it's a middle-of-the-road instrument in every way. Neither wide open nor resistant, neither especially dark nor bright in timbre, the 650 strives for evenness of response and tuning accuracy. Some players may find the end result to be musically uninspiring, but others, including myself, prefer such an instrument that, without idiosyncrasies, doesn't get in the way of making music. In my opinion, these qualities make it a very fine option as a backup instrument.

In stark contrast to the R13, you can grab a new-in-plastic 650 off the shelf, and chances are, it'll be decently set up and ready to go--and you won't have to play test a whole bunch to "find a good one".

All that said, someone will surely chime in and suggest the 450 is nearly as good as the 650 and a better overall value. And, as a backup horn, you may well find the 450 to be everything you want and then some. Do your due diligence; try 'em both.

Post Edited (2018-03-16 05:58)

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