Matched Pair of Yamaha SE-V Clarinets
A fine pair of Yamaha SE-V CUSTOM clarinets, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. These instruments have been professionally owned by a UK player, and are in very fine condition. 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 mid 1990's, when Yamaha began manufacture of the Custom CS-V and SE range. The SE-V, which was Yamaha's most expensive clarinet, features different tapers to the bore, both top and bottom, and the SE has slightly wider tone hole sizes, than the CS, resulting in a warmer, rounder sound and an abundance of overtones. It also features a "scalloped" resonance chamber inside the bell to improve both projection and tuning of the lowest pitches. In other words; this model was Yamaha's direct competitor to the RC Prestige, where as the CS, competed with the R13 Prestige. Indeed the SE-V was such a successful design for Yamaha that it has now been re-released as the SE-Artist, with an eye watering price of over £5000.
The Bb has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is unstained hand selected Grenadilla wood. This clarinet has matching S/N 03828. It has used fish skin pads, but all are sealing well and have many months of use remaining. The silver plated key work is in good order throughout with no discernible wear.
The A is in mint condition it has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is unstained hand selected Grenadilla wood. This clarinet has matching S/N 01659. It has lightly used fish skin pads, but all are sealing well and have many months of use remaining. The Silver plated key work is in perfect order throughout. Both clarinets feature the LH Ab/Eb key. The case is the original in good condition. These instruments represents superb value for money: The cost of the current production model, the SE Artist pair would be close to £11,000 new.