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Bb Clarinets

While there are many types of clarinet available on the market - many of which we stock here at Dawkes Music - it is the Bb clarinet that is by far the most popular type.

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Windcraft WCL-100 - Bb Clarinet

Windcraft WCL-100 - Bb Clarinet

£216.00
Yamaha YCL-255S - Bb Clarinet

Yamaha YCL-255S - Bb Clarinet

£572.00
Buffet Prodige - Bb Clarinet

Buffet Prodige - Bb Clarinet

£550.00
Buffet E13 - Bb Clarinet

Buffet E13 - Bb Clarinet

£1,570.00
Yamaha YCL-650 - Bb Clarinet

Yamaha YCL-650 - Bb Clarinet

£1,308.00
Buffet R13 - Bb Clarinet

Buffet R13 - Bb Clarinet

£3,119.00
Buffet E12F - Bb Clarinet
183.00

Buffet E12F - Bb Clarinet

£1,069.00
Yamaha YCL-450S - Bb Clarinet

Yamaha YCL-450S - Bb Clarinet

£1,009.00
Buffet E11 - Bb Clarinet

Buffet E11 - Bb Clarinet

£926.00
Buffet RC - Bb Clarinet

Buffet RC - Bb Clarinet

£3,166.00
Yamaha YCL-CSGIII - Bb Clarinet

Yamaha YCL-CSGIII - Bb Clarinet

£3,127.00
Uebel Classic - Bb Clarinet

Uebel Classic - Bb Clarinet

£1,641.00
Backun Alpha with S/P Keys

Backun Alpha with S/P Keys

£507.00
Yamaha YCL-CXII - Bb Clarinet

Yamaha YCL-CXII - Bb Clarinet

£2,088.00
Backun Beta - Grenadilla with S/P Keys - Bb Clarinet

Backun Beta - Grenadilla with S/P Keys - Bb Clarinet

£1,119.00
Buffet Tosca - Bb Clarinet
428.00

Buffet Tosca - Bb Clarinet

£5,512.00
Yamaha YCL-450M - Bb Clarinet

Yamaha YCL-450M - Bb Clarinet

£1,097.00
Yamaha YCL-SE Artist Model - Bb Clarinet

Yamaha YCL-SE Artist Model - Bb Clarinet

£5,735.00
Backun Protege - Grenadilla with Silver keys - Bb Clarinet

Backun Protege - Grenadilla with Silver keys - Bb Clarinet

£1,523.00
Buffet Divine - Bb Clarinet

Buffet Divine - Bb Clarinet

£6,680.00
Yamaha YCL-CSGIIIL Lever Key - Bb Clarinet

Yamaha YCL-CSGIIIL Lever Key - Bb Clarinet

£3,197.00
Selmer Seles Prologue II - Bb Clarinet
230.00

Selmer Seles Prologue II - Bb Clarinet

£1,454.00
Jupiter JCL-700S-Q - Bb Clarinet

Jupiter JCL-700S-Q - Bb Clarinet

£490.00
Yamaha YCL-CSGIIIHL Gold Keys/Lever - Bb Clarinet
204.00

Yamaha YCL-CSGIIIHL Gold Keys/Lever - Bb Clarinet

£3,690.00
Buffet R13 Prestige - Bb Clarinet

Buffet R13 Prestige - Bb Clarinet

£4,382.00
Backun Alpha with N/P Keys - Bb Clarinet

Backun Alpha with N/P Keys - Bb Clarinet

£437.00
Buffet RC Prestige - Bb Clarinet

Buffet RC Prestige - Bb Clarinet

£4,411.00
Uebel Superior II - Bb Clarinet

Uebel Superior II - Bb Clarinet

£6,263.00
Selmer Seles Presence - Bb Clarinet

Selmer Seles Presence - Bb Clarinet

£2,699.00
Buffet R13 Greenline - Bb Clarinet
271.00

Buffet R13 Greenline - Bb Clarinet

£2,828.00
Leblanc Serenade II LC511S - Bb Clarinet

Leblanc Serenade II LC511S - Bb Clarinet

£1,462.00
Uebel Superior - Bb Clarinet

Uebel Superior - Bb Clarinet

£5,699.00
Backun Q2 Series - Grenadilla with Silver Plated Keys - Bb Clarinet

Backun Q2 Series - Grenadilla with Silver Plated Keys - Bb Clarinet

£2,899.00
Backun Protege with Eb Lever - Cocobolo with Gold Posts & Silver Keys

Backun Protege with Eb Lever - Cocobolo with Gold Posts & Silver Keys

£1,823.00
Backun Lumiere - Cocobolo with Silver Keys & Gold Posts - Bb Clarinet

Backun Lumiere - Cocobolo with Silver Keys & Gold Posts - Bb Clarinet

£8,299.00
Uebel Rêve - Bb Clarinet
588.00

Uebel Rêve - Bb Clarinet

£2,999.00
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Selmer Muse - Bb Clarinet
383.00

Selmer Muse - Bb Clarinet

£4,359.00
Backun Lumiere - Cocobolo with Gold Keys - Bb Clarinet

Backun Lumiere - Cocobolo with Gold Keys - Bb Clarinet

£7,960.00

The versatile nature of the Bb clarinet has helped to cement its reputation as the go-to or 'normal' clarinet. Most new clarinet players start on a Bb, and it has a wide range of musical uses. We stock a wide range of Bb clarinets from leading brands such as Buffet, Yamaha, Selmer and more.

What is a Bb clarinet?

The term 'Bb' refers to the 11th step, starting from the C step, of the Western chromatic scale. It is a diatonic semitone above A and a chromatic semitone below B. The closest alternative to a Bb clarinet is an A clarinet. Both types are sometimes called 'soprano' clarinets, but can be distinguished by their slightly different sizes and the different applications to which they are best suited. A clarinets, for instance, are only really used for certain orchestral and chamber music situations. An advanced Bb player may add an A clarinet to their collection at an appropriate stage of their development as a musician.

How could a B flat clarinet prove useful in practice?

It is usually necessary for an orchestral clarinettist to have both a Bb instrument and an A instrument at hand for the same performance. However, the Bb clarinet is used across the majority of musical styles, which goes some way to demonstrating its remarkable versatility. Historically, the Bb clarinet was often used by early exponents of jazz and swing. Music icons known for the use of the Bb clarinet in times gone by included Sidney Bechet, Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, who were all big names in jazz music. We have worked hard here at Dawkes Music to assemble one of the most comprehensive ranges of Bb clarinets available on the web. Whether you are looking for a high-end professional model to upgrade to or a more affordable beginner Bb clarinet, we offer both new and second-hand options in our stock. For the finest Bb clarinet used or new, don't place your trust in any online store other than Dawkes Music.

PREMIUM Set-Up: Information

Our PREMIUM Set-Up instruments have been chosen by our Workshop Technicians to receive an enhanced and customised pre-sale preparation.

This can include use of specialised materials and processes to enhance the feel, response and playability of the instrument.

A full list of the specific set-up materials and processes is offered on these selected instrument pages.