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The most popular bass clarinet for schools.

Yamaha YCL-221 Student Bass Clarinet with Low Eb
The Yamaha YCL-221 Low Eb Bass Clarinet has many of the same features as professional models, but the ABS brushed resin body keeps this horn very affordable. Proven quality and durability keeps Yamaha bass clarinets a top choice among band directors.

The matte finish gives the clarinet a handsome appearance, while the ABS resin body makes the clarinet lightweight and durable. At the same time, it resonates nicely and gives it a rich, warm sound and an excellent response. Its neck angle is now the same as the professional models, resulting in a much more comfortable and natural playing position.

The leather pads (also used on its saxophones) are long lasting and provide a better feel than standard clarinet pads. The YCL-221's tone holes were scientifically designed and placed for extremely accurate intonation. The rounded key prevents key damage and eliminates the need to hold the keys when putting the instrument together. Finally, a new joint system features rubber rings surrounding the cork that help prevent air leaks, ease assembly and prevent keys from binding.

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  • Key: Bb
    Neck Material: Nickel Silver
    Body Material: 2-piece ABS Resin with Matte Finish
    Bell Material: Nickel Silver
    Key Material: Nickel Silver
    Plating: Nickel
    Key System: Boehm (French / 20 Keys)
    Tone Holes: Straight
    Bore Shape: Molded
    Bore Size: .945"
    Range Down to: Low Eb
    Thumb Rest: Adjustable
    Pads: Leather with Plastic Resonators
    Springs: Blue Steel
    Includes: Compact Case, 4C Plastic Mouthpiece, Ligature, Cap, Cork Grease, Neck Strap, Treated Polishing Cloth, and Cleaning Cloth
    Crafted In Japan

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"Significant tuning issues..."

by Jessica Slade - 11/14/2009 7:02:47 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Active Classical Tucson, AZ
29 people out of 38 found this review helpful

Unlike the 221, the 221II is tunned to A442 (most American ensembles tune to A440). On average it plays between 15 and 25 cents sharp. This instrument is fine for young players and middle school bands, but if you don't naturally play extremely flat, it is almost impossible to play in tune. It's unfortunate that this information is not included in the product description. I wouldn't have purchased this instrument had I known this beforehand.

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"Great school band instrument, best posssible bass for the price."

by Stirling Bowlick - 5/25/2010 7:01:48 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
College Music Major Classical, Concert Band, Jazz Greeley, CO
5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

This instrument truly is the best bass clarinet model one can buy at this price. Unlike many other student models (all of the ones I've played), this one does not need to have the neck pushed down all the way in order to be in tune, allowing musicians who use any kind of embouchure to still play in tune by adjusting the neck either way. The full range of the instrument is great, with the low end resonating beautifully and the high end playing consistently with a full tone, with good intonation ranging over three octaves. The instrument I have used had some issues with a faulty register system, as well as a somewhat sharp low Eb. Both of those issues are likely to not represent the model as a whole, however. Overall, I consider it a great choice for anyone not willing to buy a professional grade instrument, and especially for school use.

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"It beats all the others!! "

by JR - 10/9/2009 7:01:00 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
active concert band - jazz, pop, classical, etc. San Diego, CA
10 people out of 11 found this review helpful

I play with a local community concert band, and although I'm not a "professional" musician, I've got a great deal of experience on soprano clarinet, alto & tenor sax, and the bass clarinet. I decided to switch from soprano to bass clarinet to meet the band's needs, and needed to find a new bass clarinet. I tried a selmer, buffet, and this Yamaha. It was the best! Warm, rich tone, great key action, feels and fits great playing it. I'm the envy of the two other bass clarinet players, and one of our tenor sax players has been eyeing it. You won't go wrong in buying this instrument - especially at this price!

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"well built, as expected"

by Marc Apfelstadt - 5/26/2011 9:04:32 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
professional/ woodwinds jazz, classical Parlin, NJ
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I picked up this instrument for jazz playing. It's perfect for my needs. I don't mind the 442 tuning, since [a] some orchestras play high (yeah, they tune to 440, but don't stay there) and [b] playing louder for jazz means "blowing flat" to some degree. I am very happy with it.

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"Best Buy!!!"

by Micahel Cates - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
21 years as High School Band Director All Kind Fulton, MS
43 people out of 45 found this review helpful

The Yamaha bass clarinet is the best for high schools. The case is small and students will take it home and practice. Very fine quality instrument. I had students make all-state band and first chair at many honor band using this horn. We have six other bass clarinets but all the students want this one. We are in the process of changing all our bass clarinets to this model. Very dependable.

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