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 Yamaha YCL-32 or YCL-33?
Author: 00n0nce 
Date:   2018-08-04 07:36

I've been looking everywhere for a good beginner to intermediate clarinet and some options that have come up for me are the YCL-32 and YCL-33. Are both these models any good, and out of these two, which is more preferable?

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 Re: Yamaha YCL-32 or YCL-33?
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2018-08-04 20:13

They should be of the same level what with them both being a 30 series which are both intermediate level wooden clarinets (the next model up Yamaha's lineage from their plastic 20/200 series).

Are you able to play test both of them side-by-side? If so, then pick the one which you like best.

But both should be ideal for a good intermediate level clarinet - plus you will have Yamaha build quality. I know some players who still have their YCL-34II clarinets from the '80s and they're built to last (pads and corks aside that is).


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 Re: Yamaha YCL-32 or YCL-33?
Author: Steven Ocone 
Date:   2018-08-05 18:21

Some early Yamaha clarinets were made by Leblanc. I have never seen a YCL-32 or 33 in my shop (I have seen lots of YCL-34 clarinets and made no notes that they were Leblancs). The clarinetpages website makes no note of this either though they do indicate that the keys are very strong (Leblanc keys are very strong). I don't have access to my technical information today so I can't see if it had metric threads or not. Perhaps someone else has information.

Steven Ocone

Post Edited (2018-08-06 17:20)

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