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#1 light

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 11:21

My 13 year old daughter, who is G5 piano, has taken a term of clarinet lessons (loves it!) and now we need to buy a clarinet (other one was on rental).

The options we have are
Buffet Prodige @ €479
YAmaha YCL-2555 €599
http://www.paulryanm...001/browse.html

Online I came across
Hanson student ebonite HE3-V 379 pounds
HAnson student reinforced Blackwood HE5-RG 499 pounds
http://hansonmusic.c...dent-clarinets/

I do like the sound of the smaller producer, sustainably made, Hanson

Her teacher advised us to discuss with the seller but as each seller stocks their own preferred model they can't really give independent advice!
Would love some advice from clarinet teachers here????
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Posted 15 September 2017 - 14:59

My 13 year old daughter, who is G5 piano, has taken a term of clarinet lessons (loves it!) and now we need to buy a clarinet (other one was on rental).

The options we have are
Buffet Prodige @ €479
YAmaha YCL-2555 €599
http://www.paulryanm...001/browse.html

Online I came across
Hanson student ebonite HE3-V 379 pounds
HAnson student reinforced Blackwood HE5-RG 499 pounds
http://hansonmusic.c...dent-clarinets/

I do like the sound of the smaller producer, sustainably made, Hanson

Her teacher advised us to discuss with the seller but as each seller stocks their own preferred model they can't really give independent advice!
Would love some advice from clarinet teachers here????

They are all decent instruments.

The Hanson reinforced blackwood may be a choice that will save considering whether to buy an intermediate instrument. 

My student clarinet was a Hanson and everyone who tried it commented favourably on the sound. 


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Posted 15 September 2017 - 20:04

My tenor sax is made by Hanson - they're a nice company and Alistair is a nice chap. Do ring them though - they're only a small company and can be a bit tardy with e-mails.


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Posted 16 September 2017 - 07:09

What's the view on Selmers?


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Posted 17 September 2017 - 17:10

What's the view on Selmers?

 

 

As far as I understand, they do not make student instruments (or it is not readily available here), so most people encounter them when upgrading. Some prefer them to others at this level, some don't, it's a matter of choice, but I've never heard anything bad about them, just not a go-to beginner brand.


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Posted 18 September 2017 - 06:20

What's the view on Selmers?


There are Selmer Paris, which makes professional-Grade Clarinets, and Selmer USA, which makes student instruments.
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Posted 18 September 2017 - 06:53

 

What's the view on Selmers?


There are Selmer Paris, which makes professional-Grade Clarinets, and Selmer USA, which makes student instruments.

 

Good, indifferent, rubbish?


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Posted 18 September 2017 - 06:56


What's the view on Selmers?

There are Selmer Paris, which makes professional-Grade Clarinets, and Selmer USA, which makes student instruments.
Good, indifferent, rubbish?
Personally I haven't played either. On the other hand, I have not heard anything positive about Selmer USA clarinets.
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Posted 18 September 2017 - 08:52

What's the view on Selmers?

There are Selmer Paris, which makes professional-Grade Clarinets, and Selmer USA, which makes student instruments.
Good, indifferent, rubbish?
Personally I haven't played either. On the other hand, I have not heard anything positive about Selmer USA clarinets.
Selmer Paris clarinets are very nice instruments. Not my personal cup of tea, and the mouthpieces are in my opinion a bit dubious, but the clarinets themselves are of the highest quality.
Selmer USA student clarinets : well, there are way better student clarinets out there. Harsh tone even in the best hands, spongy keywork and pads that wear very swiftly means I can't recommend them.
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Posted 18 September 2017 - 15:53

Thank you.


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Posted 19 September 2017 - 17:45

I would try out a couple of models from a shop if you can. My daughter aged 11 needed a new clarinet after playing for about 6 months, so we had a Buffet for a couple of weeks, but she really didn't get on with it. We then tried a Yamaha, which she loved and still plays.


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