Best Clarinets

The Best Clarinets

Best Intermediate Clarinet

1. Yamaha YCL-655 (Type A)

2. Yamaha YCL-755 (Type B)

3. MartinLogan CTL-200A (Type D)

4. MartinLogan CTL-600B (Type E)

5. MartinLogan CTL-800C (Type F)

6. MartinLogan CTL-900D (Type G)

7. MartinLogan CTL-1000E (Type H)

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8. Roland JCX-120 (Type I)

9. Roland JCX-130 (Type II)

10. Yamaha YCL-1100B (Type J)

11. Yamaha YCL-1200C (Type K)

12. Yamaha YCL-1300D (Type L)

13. Yamaha YCL-1400F (Type M)

Best Jazz Clarinet

1. MartinLogan CTL-300A (Type A)

2. MartinLogan CTL-400B (Type B)

3. MartinLogan CTL-500C (Type C)

4. Stencils – Custom Shop C (Types D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K)

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5. Yamaha YCL-305 (Type L)

6. Yamaha YCL-400D (Type M)

7. Yamaha YCL-8300F (Type N)

Best Bass Clarinet

1. Buffet R-13 (Types A,B)

2. B&S 2000 Series (Types C,D)

3. Yamaha 667 (Types E,F)

4. Lorée 101 Anniversary Edition (Types G,H)

5. Buffet Crampon 650 (Types I,J)

6. Yamaha 731 (Types K,L)

7. Yamaha 875 (Types M,N)

8. Yamaha 1400 (Types O,P)

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9. Yamaha 2300 (Types Q,R)

10. Yamaha 3000 (Types S,T)

Best Alto Clarinet

1. Selmer C-melody (Types A,B)

2. Buffet R-13 (Types C,D)

3. B&S 2000 Series (Types E,F)

4. Yamaha 667 (Types G,H)

5. Martin Logan Cetine (Types I,J)

6. Yanagisawa 901 (Types K,L)

7. Yamaha 731 (Types M,N)

8. Yamaha 875 (Types O,P)

9. Yamaha 1400 (Types Q,R)

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10. Yamaha 2300 (Types S,T)

Best Tenor Clarinet

1. B&S 2000 Series (Types A,B)

2. Yamaha 667 (Types C,D)

3. Yanagisawa 901 (Types E,F)

4. Yanagisawa 1000 (Types G,H)

5. Buffet R-13 (Types I,J)

6. Courtois Bb (Types K,L)

7. Courtois Aeb (Types M,N)

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8. Leblanc/Gal Prix (Types O,P)

9. Leblanc/Gal Prix (Types Q,R)

10. Yamaha 2950 (Types S,T)

Best Bassoon Reeds

1. LaVoz Medium Cane Reed (all types)

2. LaVoz Medium Cut Reed (all types)

3. LaVoz Medium Flexible Reed (all types)

Best Clarinet Reeds

1. V-Cork Superflexible (all types)

2. V-Cork Medium Soft (all types)

3. V-Cork Soft (all types)

4. LaVoz Medium Hard (all types)

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Best Oboe Reeds

1. LaVoz Medium Hard (all types)

2. V-Cork Soft (all types)

3. V-Cork Medium Soft (all types)

Best Bass Clarinet Reeds

1. V-Cork Medium Soft (all types)

Best Alto Saxophone Reeds

1. V-Cork Soft (all types)

2. V-Cork Medium Soft (all types)

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Sources & references used in this article:

Finger guide for clarinets by CE Hansen – US Patent 2,556,535, 1951 – Google Patents

Oboe, Bassoons, and Bass Clarinets, Made by Hartford Connecticut, Makers before 1815 by RE Eliason – The Galpin Society Journal, 1977 – JSTOR

Clarinets by OE Christensen – US Patent 2,791,145, 1957 – Google Patents

Trombones elicit bitter more strongly than do clarinets: a partial replication of three studies of Crisinel and Spence by QJ Watson, KL Gunther – Multisensory research, 2017 – brill.com