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Yamaha YCL-CSG Series Professional Bb Clarinet

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The Yamaha YCL-CSG is an entirely new kind of clarinet. Yamaha analyzed and evaluated every design specification until they had created an instrument...Click To Read More About This Product

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A new kind of clarinet, a new kind of sound.

The Yamaha YCL-CSG is an entirely new kind of clarinet. Yamaha analyzed and evaluated every design specification until they had created an instrument that hearkens back to the tonal purity and natural resonance of aged grenadilla wood. There's less metal used on the CSG, so the whole body reverberates with sound, while the new bore, barrel, and bell shapes offer a tone of breathtaking richness and depth.

The sound of the YCL-CSG is warm yet has a clear focused center surrounded by a wealth of overtones, resulting in extraordinary beauty and expressivity. And the tone projects with remarkable ease in even the largest concert halls. There's never been a clarinet like this before.

The Yamaha CSG Bb clarinet features a German-style bore with French-style keys. The Yamaha CSG Custom clarinet's response is immediate, yet covered and lush. This clarinet blends the best of both worlds. Features of the Yamaha G Series clarinet include hand selected grenadilla wood body with sculpted key work. The lack of a bell ring also allows for a more resonate chalumeau. Comes with contoured case and cover, Yamaha Custom mouthpiece and care products.

Hamilton plating, featured on the CSG Bb clarinet, is an alloy of gold and nickel. It is extremely resistant to wear and discoloration, and delivers a powerful tone with excellent projection. On the CSGH instruments, the Hamilton Plating is actually not only on the keys, but on the posts as well. In artist testing, it was shown to be a dramatic difference between instruments that had just Hamilton plated keys and Hamilton plated keys and posts

  • Select grenadilla wood body / barrel / bell
  • Silver plated keywork.
  • Newly designed bore reveals an immediate yet lush and warm sound.
  • Includes: case / custom mouthpiece / ligature & cap
  • Key System: Boehm (French) / 17 Keys
  • Body: Grenadilla wood
  • Keys: Silver Plated
  • Special Keys: None
  • Toneholes: Tapered / Undercut
  • Bore: Cylindrical / 0.577"-14.66mm
  • Bell: Grenadilla / No Ring
  • Barrel: Grenadilla /
  • Pads: Lucien / Nylon Button
  • Springs: Blue Steel (French)
  • Includes: Case / Mouthpiece / Ligature & Cap / Care Products
  • Crafted In: Japan
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(18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)


Very Live Sound


from Providence, RI

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I played a Buffet for twenty years (an E13 rather than an R13, for its more colorful, less refined tone). Now, with the CSG Hamilton, I get a solid, shimmering center to my sound that eluded me with the Buffet. Its a joy to play, and I can nail that "luminous" sound I was seeking. The Hamilton gold-alloy plating absolutely makes the instrument a bit darker sounding - I tried both versions side by side. A wonderful clarinet.

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)


Great Clarinet!


from Fort Worth, TX

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I have been very impressed with the ease of playing these clarinets have. It has a beautiful tone that is ful of overtones. I seem to prefer the Hamilton keys over the silver. They seem to be a little darker in tone plus the asthetics are eye popping. Tuning is outstading and response is great. The best this about Yamaha clarinets is the consistancy. This is the ONLY clarinet I would feel comfortable with playing a gig with ou of the box!

(25 of 26 customers found this review helpful)


Best of both worlds...


from Canada

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Here is a clarinet with great sound and warmth of the german clarinet design and plays with the facility and crispness of the french bohm clarinet. The small 14.33 bore emits a warm riinging sound which projects with ease and plays difficult intervals with great ease. I have played R13s and Selmers for years but right now the CSG is really the closest one can get to the german Oehler sound using american equipment. I also find the CSG clarinet speaks with sureness in all registers..without having to work as hard on the R13. Pitch is stable in all registers.. Bravo Yamaha!

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