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The affordable, wooden C clarinet.

Ideal for school orchestra program or the church musician, the Amati C clarinet is a great sounding and affordable instrument. Made with hand-selected grenadilla wood and comfortable key work. Each instrument is fully serviced and play tested before shipping.

Amati is a Czech company that manufactures fine European high-quality woodwind and brass musical instruments (both piston and rotary valves). Amati has a highly skilled work force with a strong tradition in instrument manufacturing that dates to the 18th century, as well as the modern technology needed to manufacture band instruments and remain competitive on the world stage.

FEATURES
  • Grenadilla wood body.
  • Silver plated keys.
SPECIFICATIONS

Model 351 C Clarinet

  • Body: Grenadilla Wood
    Bore: Cylindrical / 0.575" - 14.60 mm
    Barrel:
    Key System: Boehm (French)
    Keys: Nickel Plated
    Special Keys: None
    Tone Holes: Undercut
    Pads: Double Skin
    Springs: Blue Steel
    Includes: Case / Mouthpiece / Ligature & Cap / Care Products
    Crafted In: Czech Republic
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AmatiModel 351 C Clarinet
 
4.4

(based on 17 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Never look a gift horse in the mouth

I was called very recently to do Donizetti's "Don Pasquale." By the time I got the music, I had only two days to prepare an 82 page opera--more than...Read complete review

I was called very recently to do Donizetti's "Don Pasquale." By the time I got the music, I had only two days to prepare an 82 page opera--more than 50% of which is in C. I'm not particularly proud to admit this, but my transposing chops are probably not what they should be. Forgive me Iggy. (God rest his soul.) Fortunately, I found a respected colleague who was willing to rent me his beautiful 105xxx series Buffet C clarinet. In the meantime I had been hearing some buzz about these Amati C clarinets--mostly about their affordability. Determined not to be again caught off-guard in the future, I decided to give it a try. Frankly, I never thought a horn this affordable--OK, let's not mince words--CHEAP could ever play very well. Man, I could not have been more wrong. I did a side-by-side comparison, and for me the Amati plays better than the Buffet. With the stock barrel, I checked it against a tuner at A441. The throat tones are beautifully in tune, and even though the notes above high A are a bit sharp, there's nothing that's unworkable. For me however, it was the way the horn blew--much more like my R-13 B-flat than even the Buffet C. Go figure. Also notable was the unexpected level of craftsmanship. By all appearances the clarinet is made of high grade wood: tight, even grain (can't say if it's granadilla or not). The excellent keywork felt comfortable under my fingers too. Finally, a special thanks to the person/s who put the clarinet in such outstanding mechanical condition. It arrived over night in absolutely perfect working condition, with well regulated keys and airtight pads. I used it that very night. I keep asking myself how they can sell a horn like this for so little. Hence the one line summary...

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Great Price on a competent instrument

I've been playing this clarinet on and off on the rare occasions that I need a C clarinet (including occasionally substituting for a flute duing a wind choir or violin for a pit orchestra...Read complete review

I've been playing this clarinet on and off on the rare occasions that I need a C clarinet (including occasionally substituting for a flute duing a wind choir or violin for a pit orchestra that I'm currently playing in). The craftmanship is really pretty good, and overall tone is competent, although unremarkable. Intonation is generally pretty consistent throughout the compass of the instrument's range-- except in the altissimo range. Notes above high D#/Eb tend to play extremely flat (almost a full half tone low). However, for the price, and unless you will be consistently playing in the extreme upper range of this clarinet, this C clarinet would be hard to beat.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wonderful, warm little clarinet

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from Belfast, ME

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Comments about Amati Model 351 C Clarinet:

I waited months for this C Clarinet and it was well worth the wait. It as a beautiful, warm tone that works perfectly with the string group I play with. It plays easily and changes register with no problem. I'm only an amateur player but it makes me sound good. I would recommend it to anyone seeking a C instrument for chamber use.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Surprisingly good

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from Yellow springs, OH 45387

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Comments about Amati Model 351 C Clarinet:

Real wood, excellent keywork, well regulated. An interesting tone, not unpleasant, but below professional orchestra standards. Some intonation problems, and almost unusable above high D--trick fingering required for every note. Don't buy this instrument to save your lip on the high notes. Still, a lot of instrument for the money and better than I had expected from a Soviet-era factory.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

C clarinet

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from Honolulu, Hi/ and many more!!!

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Comments about Amati Model 351 C Clarinet:

I purchased one like this over three months ago now and I am hesitant to write anything about instruments especially ones in the upper level range!!!! Yes you read this correctly. I bought this one to cover for my main horn you know use it for the out going places not to worry about the main piece. WELL this one is my main peice now and to think of how much this one cost I'd pay three times as much and not look back at all. check it out you won't be sorry.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amati 'C' Update

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from Arlington, VA

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Comments about Amati Model 351 C Clarinet:

I have had mine for two years now. I play on it with my new Pyne ~M mouthpiece and recently had a barrel custom made for it by Wes Rice. The horn is awesome. I have played "Russian Easter" with it as well as several Mozart arias all with ease and people have commented on the appropriate tone quality particularly for the Mozart arias. The custom barrel has made the extreme high register so much easier to play and even better in tune.(it was pretty good before the barrel!) The custom barrel I am using is 1mm longer than the stock and is a composite material.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Where has this horn been all my life?

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from DC/VA/MD

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Comments about Amati Model 351 C Clarinet:

I am thrilled so far with this little horn. I had never played a 'C' clarinet before. It came in great playing shape, good tight tenon fittings(metal caps)nice solid key action. So far I am using my Vandoren M-30 profile 88 A-440 mouthpiece and am pleased. I will know more in about two weeks when I play with an opera festival. Great buy for the semi-pro like me!

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great Price on a competent instrument

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from Newhall, CA

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Comments about Amati Model 351 C Clarinet:

I've been playing this clarinet on and off on the rare occasions that I need a C clarinet (including occasionally substituting for a flute duing a wind choir or violin for a pit orchestra that I'm currently playing in). The craftmanship is really pretty good, and overall tone is competent, although unremarkable. Intonation is generally pretty consistent throughout the compass of the instrument's range-- except in the altissimo range. Notes above high D#/Eb tend to play extremely flat (almost a full half tone low). However, for the price, and unless you will be consistently playing in the extreme upper range of this clarinet, this C clarinet would be hard to beat.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

GOOD VALUE FOR THE PRICE

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from Pasadena, California--USA

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Comments about Amati Model 351 C Clarinet:

I needed a C clarinet and an E-flat but did not want to pay a great deal of money on my budget. I purchsed (from Woodwind-Brasswind) the Amati C and E-flat Boehm clarinets (intermediate models) and am very happy with them. The C Amati plays well in tune with my Vandoren B45DOT mouthpiece. The E- also from Woodwind Brasswind. I use the Vandoren Rue-Lepic #3 1/2 with the B45 and the standard Vandoren E-flat reeds (strength #31/2). Tone produced on both clarinets is very good. I recommend both instruments highly. I received excellent service when ordering the clarinets using my credit card.

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(70 of 71 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Never look a gift horse in the mouth

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from Hagerstown, MD

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Comments about Amati Model 351 C Clarinet:

I was called very recently to do Donizetti's "Don Pasquale." By the time I got the music, I had only two days to prepare an 82 page opera--more than 50% of which is in C. I'm not particularly proud to admit this, but my transposing chops are probably not what they should be. Forgive me Iggy. (God rest his soul.) Fortunately, I found a respected colleague who was willing to rent me his beautiful 105xxx series Buffet C clarinet. In the meantime I had been hearing some buzz about these Amati C clarinets--mostly about their affordability. Determined not to be again caught off-guard in the future, I decided to give it a try. Frankly, I never thought a horn this affordable--OK, let's not mince words--CHEAP could ever play very well. Man, I could not have been more wrong. I did a side-by-side comparison, and for me the Amati plays better than the Buffet. With the stock barrel, I checked it against a tuner at A441. The throat tones are beautifully in tune, and even though the notes above high A are a bit sharp, there's nothing that's unworkable. For me however, it was the way the horn blew--much more like my R-13 B-flat than even the Buffet C. Go figure. Also notable was the unexpected level of craftsmanship. By all appearances the clarinet is made of high grade wood: tight, even grain (can't say if it's granadilla or not). The excellent keywork felt comfortable under my fingers too. Finally, a special thanks to the person/s who put the clarinet in such outstanding mechanical condition. It arrived over night in absolutely perfect working condition, with well regulated keys and airtight pads. I used it that very night. I keep asking myself how they can sell a horn like this for so little. Hence the one line summary...

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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great horn if adjusted properly

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from california

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Comments about Amati Model 351 C Clarinet:

I wanted a C clarinet to avoid transposing when playing in a group setting. I asked ww&bw to shop check the horn before sending it out. The horn arrived in perfect shape with a "shop check tag" and I am very satisfied with the horn.

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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Surprisingly good instrument, a joy to play

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from Portland, OR

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Comments about Amati Model 351 C Clarinet:

I first learned about the C Clarinet in the Cambridge Companion to the Clarinet, ed. Colin Lawson. All clarinet players should have a copy. I then found an old Holton C Clarinet which was indeed strange and difficult to play with cramped key work. So I was very gratified to find that the Amati C plays easily, has comfortable key work, although it has more of the early "clarino" timbre, and is very responsive. Mine is in very good tune. Throat tones are accurate, no need for right hand down. Tone is sweeter and lends itself to more emotion, with an especially effective p-ppp range, ideal for chamber music. It is too bad that the C Clarinet does not have more contemporary literature. I am using it when writing my own charts, and I note that others are using it to cover oboe parts. It would certainly be easier for a youngster to play than the Bb, both in terms of air stream and fingering, but alas, it doesn't fit very well in the school band. Just remember, it does not sound like a Bb in the Key of C-- it is an entirely different instrument with a sound all its own.

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