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 Yamaha YCL-25 or Selmer Bundy?
Author: jsantos1 
Date:   2018-08-13 05:42

I'm playing clarinet for about 3 months with a clarinet from a friend of mine (a generic plastic clarinet without brand) and I'm feeling the necessity of getting my own horn. I found these two used models, the Selmer Bundy and the Yamaha YCL-25. Both of them are about the same price (the yamaha is slightly expensive), but I don't know which one to choose because I can't play them (there's no shop selling used clarinets in my area, so I have to buy on the Internet). The shop I found these instruments are trust worthy, so there's no concerns about this. Another important thing I have to point out is that I have no intent on playing professionally, so a plastic clarinet will do for know I guess.

Thanks in advance!

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 Re: Yamaha YCL-25 or Selmer Bundy?
Author: Ursa 
Date:   2018-08-13 06:27

The Yamaha will be much easier to resell than the Bundy, and will sell for much more if in good condition, if you no longer need it at some point.

The Yamaha also has much stronger key work that will stay in adjustment longer than a Bundy.

The Bundy has the advantage of stainless steel springs, rods, and screws that will resist corrosion if you live somewhere very humid, or get stuck playing outdoors in the rain or snow.

If you don't need the added weather resistance of the Bundy, I say go with the Yamaha. Either one can be a wonderful instrument for learning the clarinet.

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 Re: Yamaha YCL-25 or Selmer Bundy?
Author: Tony F 
Date:   2018-08-13 09:00

The Yamaha is the better instrument, although the Bundy, set up properly, is also a good student instrument. Really, either would work for you. The Yamaha will cost more to buy (unless you're spectacularly lucky) and will also have the best resale value if you decide to move on. If you're working to a budget the Bundy will work but if funds are not a problem then get the Yamaha.

Tony F.

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 Re: Yamaha YCL-25 or Selmer Bundy?
Author: Ed 
Date:   2018-08-15 04:26

While the Bundy is a decent instrument and I am happy when students have these as opposed to the "no name" instruments that are increasingly popular, I really like the Yamaha instruments. The Yamahas play really well, with good keywork and solid tuning. Throw on a decent mouthpiece like the Fobes Debut and you can play it very happily for many years.

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 Re: Yamaha YCL-25 or Selmer Bundy?
Author: Dan Shusta 
Date:   2018-08-15 05:21

I'm considering buying a like new Vito V40 with Valentino Greenback pads throughout, set up for "light touch" playing and comes with a one year warranty.

I can't find any specs on the Yamaha YCL 25. (That auction site has several for sale at a price that is very close to the V40)

Is the YCL 25 considered to be a better clarinet than the Vito V40?

Thank you for your opinions.

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