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What Clarinet to Buy
Source: www.clarinetcloset.com

First select your ability level - Beginner, Intermediate, or Professional.

BEGINNER
 

These are the entry level instruments for the student in the first 2 - 3 years of study. They are made of plastic, and it is important that the horn be in good playing condition, with a medium mouthpiece (plastic is OK), a supply of reeds, cork grease and a swab. The models we recommend are:

There is nothing wrong with giving a wooden clarinet to a beginner, but it just isn't necessary. The plastic instruments will hold up better to the hard use that young players sometimes give. You hate to see someone drop a nice wooden instrument, but it's not so bad with a plastic one.

 

INTERMEDIATE
 

These are wooden instruments that get a more characteristic tone suitable for the advancing player after he or she is no longer in the beginning stages, usually toward the end of junior high when a plastic instrument can inhibit the student's progress.

For most players, an intermediate level instrument is good enough to last through the rest of their playing career. The wooden body creates the characteristic clarinet tone, and they are high quality great instruments. We recommend:

PROFESSIONAL
 

This is for an advanced high school or college player or a professional. They are top of the line and are used by the best professional players around the world. We recommend: