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 name that clarinet
Author: Therese 
Date:   1999-08-01 02:15

I entered this topic a while ago, but got no responses. I'm hoping to generate some this time.

I have an A clarinet that I purchased from a dealer about 3 years ago. Its a YCL-65, I know (obviously)that it is made by Yamaha, but I was told that it was made before Yamaha came to the US (or something along those lines). It has silver and the serial number is 000085. The serial number is what really sparked my interest. IT seems like an awfully low number. So I'm wondering if this is some sort of special series clarinet or if it is just, more or less, garbage. Any information or help on where to get info. would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance! therese

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 RE: name that clarinet
Author: Mark Charette 
Date:   1999-08-01 02:41

A YCL-65 is most probably a fine instrument.

Yamaha's been around for a _long_ time as a musical instrument maker; it's been in the US for a long time, too. Lest you think that Yamaha is a motorcycle manufacturer turned instrument maker - take a good look at the loge. Three tuning forks! They made musical instruments way before they made motorcycles (they started in 1889).

My first instrument was a Yamaha classical guitar (it actually said "Nippon Gakki" inside, which is Yamaha's original name. It mean "Japanese Music Company". I still have my Yamaha electric bass bought on the Ginza in 1974. Works perfectly still.

I have never seen any "junk" made by Yamaha, even in their student lines.

The chances are you have an ealy YCL-65, that's all. If it works well - keep it!

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 RE: name that clarinet
Author: Lee Eubanks 
Date:   1999-08-01 05:20

If you want more information about the particular model, try calling Yamaha at (616) 940-4900. Those in the customer service department are very knowledgeable about their products and have always been nice and helpful to me (even though I don't play Yamaha clarinets).

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 RE: name that clarinet
Author: Dee 
Date:   1999-08-01 05:26



Mark Charette wrote:
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...Yamaha's been around for a _long_ time as a musical instrument maker; it's been in the US for a long time, too. Lest you think that Yamaha is a motorcycle manufacturer turned instrument maker - take a good look at the loge. Three tuning forks! They made musical instruments way before they made motorcycles (they started in 1889)...
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I read somewhere that at one time the head of Yamaha sent his son abroad to countries like the US to learn their instrument manufacturing techniques. However the young man became enamoured of motorcyles and took that technology home instead! The father was a bit annoyed to say the least but they were quite successful with motorcyles.

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 RE: name that clarinet
Author: Willie 
Date:   1999-08-01 05:28

The name "Yamaha" in English translates to "Mountain Leaf". Most every product or location in Japan seems to be related to nature. Fugi is rabbit, Fugiyama is rabbit mountain, etc.

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 RE: name that clarinet
Author: www.mytempo.com 
Date:   1999-08-06 15:47

I do not consider the Yamaha Clarinet of 20 years ago to be a high quality instrument. From the student line to the pro line, they to me were not junk, but came pretty close. Stuffy, etc. The older Buffet E-11's were no better, and only in the last 10 years have they put out a quality instrument (IMHO)

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 RE: name that clarinet
Author: Therese 
Date:   1999-08-08 04:25

ok

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