Yamaha, YCL82 II Custom B Flat Clarinet
A good condition Yamaha YCL82 II Custom Bb clarinet. It is received wisdom within the music industry that when Yamaha launch a new product, they will have made every conceivable effort to outdo their competitors, at a considerably cheaper price to the customer. So it was in the late 1970's and early 1980's, when Yamaha made their first serious foray into top of the range professional clarinets. The wood was computer controlled, kiln dried, to assist in avoiding cracking, the silver plate, and key work, was of considerably better quality than Buffet. Many players found the ease with which these instruments responded completely won them over. Eddie Daniels, the well known jazz player was such a convert: Perhaps surprisingly he later preferred and endorsed the YCL64/65 range to the YCL81/82, 84/85 which were Yamaha's most expensive Custom models. The YCL82 II was the top of the range professional model of the 1980's.
The instrument was formerly owned and played by a London based Jazz player, it has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is finest aged, unstained, Grenadilla. The Silver plated key work shows some wear, mainly to the ring finger keys. This clarinet has used tan leather pads throughout in good order. All touch and tenon corks are good, the instrumnet has been through our workshop for a minor service prior to sale. There is no joint wobble. The matching serial nos. are 01040. All pieces are matching and original. The case is a student Buffet which shows some wear to the interior and stains to the exterior, but latches well. This instrument plays as well as as its main rival, the Buffet R13 but offers a considerable price advantage.