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 Yamaha 20 vs Yamaha 450N
Author: Runhammar 
Date:   2019-09-11 20:09

Dear all

I am a beginner and happen to own a Yamaha 20 (resin). Now I might have the chanse to buy a Yamaha 450N (wood) at a good price and sell the 20. Is there a big difference? Any arguments against going to wood for a beginner like me?


Per Runhammar

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 Re: Yamaha 20 vs Yamaha 450N
Author: Ursa 
Date:   2019-09-11 21:43

Hi, Per:

The 450N is a step up from the 20. But, carefully consider this:

Anybody serious about playing the clarinet will keep a good non-wooden instrument for those many occasions when playing and/or transporting a wooden clarinet would put it at risk for damage. You would be wise to keep your 20 as a companion to whatever wooden instrument you acquire.

I play a 20 that has received some carefully-considered upgrades and is meticulously maintained by a master technician. Don't overlook the potential in the clarinet you already own.

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 Re: Yamaha 20 vs Yamaha 450N
Author: Steven Ocone 2017
Date:   2019-09-12 02:02

It's more important to make sure you have a good mouthpiece.

Steven Ocone
Ann & Steve's Music

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 Re: Yamaha 20 vs Yamaha 450N
Author: Tony F 
Date:   2019-09-12 08:16

I second what Ursa has said. The 450 is a step up from the YCL 20 and with the right mouthpiece you will find it a joy to play. If it isn't a deal-breaker, consider keeping the 20 as a back-up or for if you have a need to play outside or in very extreme weather conditions. The mouthpiece that you find works best for you on the 450 will probably also lift the 20 to a new level as well.

Tony F.

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 Re: Yamaha 20 vs Yamaha 450N
Author: shmuelyosef 
Date:   2019-09-14 22:55

I believe that the bore design on the 450 is a little different than the 20 as well.

I echo Ursa's comments on keeping a non-wood clarinet available. I happen to be partial to the later Vito clarinets (model 7214 and V40), which can be purchased for <$30 on auction sites. I set these up with cork upper pads and leather lower and tighten/adjust everything as if it is a professional job and place them with local customers. I have both a 7214 and V40 of my own as well that I use for situations that would put my wood clarinets "in harm's way". They are perfectly satisfactory to play, particularly the V40. The keywork is identical to many professional Leblanc clarinets.

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 Re: Yamaha 20 vs Yamaha 450N
Author: Bob Bernardo 
Date:   2019-09-16 04:52

If the Yamaha clarinet comes with the Yamaha Custom Mouthpiece, remember it has to say Custom, well you are getting a high quality mouthpiece, but it needs to be refaced as the tip is about 1.20mm's, way too open. Have it refaced and closed down to about 1.08 or less, maybe 1.06 and you will be so happy. It may be the last mouthpiece you will ever buy.

A used Yamaha 650 is actually considered a pro model. I've been a Yamaha Artist now for a few years and I've enjoyed being sponsored by them, playing concerts with the Yamaha name next to my name has been a blast. The perks are good. Email me if you have any questions about Yamaha horns. I'd rather see you get into a more advanced horn if you can. It's worth getting into a good horn now instead of working your way up. The better horns hold their value very well and can be easier to play. I'm playing on the CSVR's, Bb and A clarinet. They seem to be warming up a bit too with the sound quality as the years pass. The wood is getting better, so I feel the wood may have been a bit new and it's starting to age some.

Designer of - Vintage 1940 Cicero Mouthpieces and the La Vecchia mouthpieces

Yamaha Artist 2015

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