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Yamaha reanalyzed and reevaluated literally every single design specification until they had created an instrument that harks back to the tonal purity and natural resonance of aged grenadilla wood. There's less metal used on the YCL-CSGll, so the whole body reverberates with sound, while the new bore, barrel, and bell shapes offer a tone of breathtaking richness and depth. The sound is warm yet has a clear focused center surrounded by a wealth of overtones, resulting in extraordinary beauty and expressivity.


New bore design
The YCL-CSG features a newly improved bore design. With this bore design, we have found the sound to be warmer with a larger spectrum of tone colors and shadings. The player will also notice better flexibility and improved intonation.

New bell design
By eliminating the bell ring on this model, the tonal qualities become more enriched.

Hand-tapered undercut tone holes
Skilled artisans hand taper and undercut each tone hole for superior tone quality, even intonation and a uniformed response throughout the full range of the instrument.

Hamilton-plated nickel silver keys
The keys are constructed from a durable hard metal that prevents breakage and deformation that can alter the response over time.

The Upper Joint
The barrel is shorter than on conventional clarinets allowing a longer upper joint (approximately 10mm longer). This gives a more balanced, natural feeling response, and helps add focus to its colorful tone.

The Body
The CSG features a body of the highest grade each piece of African grenadilla is individually test selected and carefully seasoned using Yamaha's vast experience with fine woods. The natural finish is attractive and actually contributes to the tonal richness.

The Bell
The solid Grenadilla bell has no metal ring on the rim to enhance the natural warmth and resonance of the sound, and improve the playing flexibility.

Special Pads
A strategic combination of cork, synthetic, and leather pads optimize and balance tone and response
Level: Custom
Key of: Bb
Fingering: Boehm
Key System: 17 keys, 6 rings
Barrel Length: 56.5 mm
Body Material: Grenadilla
Barrel Material: Grenadilla
Bell Material: Grenadilla (no metal bell rim)
Key Material: Nickel Silver
Plating: Hamilton (YCL-CSGH)
Bore: Machined and polished
Tone Holes: Tapered integral type with hand-sculpted undercut
Thumb Rest: Fixed
Mouthpiece: Yamaha 5CM Ebonite
Mouthpiece Cap: Silver-Plated
Ligature: Silver-Plated
Spring Type: Blue steel needle
Pad Type: Combination of cork, synthetic and leather pads
Posts: Threaded
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