Date: 2019-07-29 06:14
Hello Crusius, Just curious - I thought the SEV Master model was only sold new in Japan. Too make long story short, I picked up an SEV Master clarinet in late 2017 after hearing it played at the 2017 Clarinet Fest. Love it. Bought a second one too. My experience is that practically every note is not just close to being in tune, but practically dead centered in tune.
Yamaha had two models of their top of line clarinets at the 2019 Fest with the correction key and cosmetics as you describe, but they were not the SEV Master model. So just wanted to verify that the Yamaha clarinet you refer too is actually the SEV Master. If it is indeed the SEV Master, please let me know who is selling it. I'm interested in checking it out!
As an aside, with the inspiration coming from the terrific Kessler store in Las Vegas, I added a Backun Lumiere barrel and bell to my SEV Master clarinet and have to say the improvement in how I experience the performance of the horn is transforming to the good. Of course it's a personal thing, not necessarily works for others.
Fwiw, picked up a Maxton Sergej mouthpiece at the '19 Fest. It's the most open faced of their models. For me it enhances all the qualities in the sound and feel of the SEV Master that I already like so much. It rocks.
Finally will mention that I discovered the ALTA synthetic reeds at the Silverstein booth. Would say it is much more similar to the sound and feel of cane then Legere. The core sound seems to me much more flexible and 3 dimensional then Legere. Like it a lot! Not to put Legere down but just a good reference for comparison.