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Yamaha YCL-450NM Duet+ Intermediate Bb Wood Clarinet

Yamaha YCL-450NM Duet+ Intermediate Bb Wood Clarinet

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This Yamaha YCL-450NM Duet+ Intermediate Bb Clarinet was conceived as an instrument that a player just starting out, would want to continue playing well into the future. These instruments are made of fine Grenadilla wood, designed by artisans with experience making fine professional clarinets. The Duet+ incorporates a thin sleeve of injection molded ABS resin which reinforces the stability of grenadilla made instruments, yet still providing an incredibly warm tone and more accurate intonation. The instability of wood in various climates and temperatures is what led Yamaha down a path of innovation to come up with the Duet+ concept.



Yamaha clarinets have achieved sound quality and superb intonation by dramatically improving precision and stability. Also to cope with various quality issues inherent in wooden instruments. Duet+ models employ innovative techniques to form a protective layer next to the air column. The combination of precious wood and state-of-the-art resin is not simply a “Duet” of tradition and technology – it’s a “Plus” advantage indeed.This innovative technology, which premiered with our oboes, has been brought to the clarinet after extensive engineering specific to the instrument. The upper joint body is drilled out slightly larger around the bore and tone-holes. Thermoplastic ABS resin is injected into the cavity, instantly forming the inner shape of a clarinet. It is designed to preserve as much virtue of traditional clarinets as possible, while its natural appearance is hardly distinguishable from conventional all-wooden models.

Nickel-plated keys

The nickel-plated keys provide a more clear and focused tone. Also, they provide a good alternative for people who have an allergic reaction to silver-plating. In order for the keys to have an appropriate amount of strength, a technique called power forging is used. The results of this hi-tech process are keys that are exceptionally durable and contoured to the best possible ergonomic shape.

New adjustable thumb-rest and strap ring

A new adjustable thumb-rest accommodates different sized hands helping the player develop proper playing technique. In addition, a strap ring allows for the instrument to be held without extra effort. Firmer screws and silver soldered ring gives this new feature excellent durability.

Pivot screw

The YCL-450NM incorporates the same taper screws as YCL-650 that makes adjustments easier than ever.

Second register vent tube

A new register vent tube shape improves pronunciation in the second register. Whereas the YCL-450 needs sufficient air pressure for good response, the YCL-450NM offers great response, even with low air pressure, making it easy to play even for children.

Valentino pads

Valentino pads offer a clear dark tone, light resistance and quick response that make it easy to obtain good tone and comfortable playability even for beginners. Compared to normal pads, they are harder to tear, offer superior stability due to changes in humidity, are highly durable, and easy to maintain. Valentino pads are used by both solo, orchestral, and jazz musicians around the globe, and have been praised for their excellence by all.

Additional Information

Instrument Type Clarinet
Model YCL-450NM Duet+
Level Intermediate
% Off Retail
Key of Bb
Fingering Boehm
Key System 17 keys, 6 rings
Mouthpiece Yamaha 4C
Ligature Nickel-plated
mouthpiece_cap Plastic
Barrel Material Grenadilla Wood
Barrel Length 65mm
Bore Size Machined
Body Material Grenadilla Wood
Key Material Nickel Silver
Plating Nickel
Tone Holes Straight inset type with tapered undercut
Pad Material
Spring Type Blue steel needle
Posts threaded
Thumb Rest Fixed
Bell Material Grenadilla Wood
Bell Size Standard
Additional Features Newly designed 65mm barrel, new bell design, "blue" steel spring material, sculptured nickel-plated keys and straight tone holes with tapered undercut.
Case Yamaha Carry-all case (YCL-450CA/450NCA)
Lease to Own Term Contact us for Lease-to-Own details.
SKU YCL-450NM-duet
Accessories Included Yamaha Carry-all case, Adjustable neck strap, (1) 2.5 Vandoren reed, cork grease, cleaning swab, polishing cloth, FREE Music Stand (with purchase only) and name tag
Warranty 5 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
Price $1,504.99
Lease-to-Own Monthly Price $96.00
Damage Protection (Monthly) $4.00
Retail Price $2,050.00

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