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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. 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.

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Windcraft WCL-100 - Bb Clarinet

Windcraft WCL-100 - Bb Clarinet

Now £199.00
Yamaha YCL-255S - Bb Clarinet

Yamaha YCL-255S - Bb Clarinet

Now £469.00
Buffet E13 - Bb Clarinet

Buffet E13 - Bb Clarinet

Now £1,446.00
Buffet E12F - Bb Clarinet

Buffet E12F - Bb Clarinet

Now £956.00
Yamaha YCL-450S - Bb Clarinet

Yamaha YCL-450S - Bb Clarinet

Now £879.00
Yamaha YCL-650 - Bb Clarinet

Yamaha YCL-650 - Bb Clarinet

Now £1,125.00
Buffet Prodige - Bb Clarinet

Buffet Prodige - Bb Clarinet

Now £439.00
Buffet RC - Bb Clarinet

Buffet RC - Bb Clarinet

Now £2,673.00
Yamaha YCL-CSGIII - Bb Clarinet

Yamaha YCL-CSGIII - Bb Clarinet

Now £2,695.00
Buffet Divine - Bb Clarinet

Buffet Divine - Bb Clarinet

Now £5,260.00
Buffet R13 - Bb Clarinet

Buffet R13 - Bb Clarinet

Now £2,505.00
Uebel Superior - Bb Clarinet

Uebel Superior - Bb Clarinet

Now £4,899.00
Backun Beta - Grenadilla with Silver keys - Bb Clarinet

Backun Beta - Grenadilla with Silver keys - Bb Clarinet

Now £1,095.00
Buffet R13 Greenline - Bb Clarinet

Buffet R13 Greenline - Bb Clarinet

Now £2,505.00
Yamaha YCL-CXII - Bb Clarinet

Yamaha YCL-CXII - Bb Clarinet

Now £1,820.00
Yamaha YCL-CSGIIIHL Gold Keys/Lever - Bb Clarinet

Yamaha YCL-CSGIIIHL Gold Keys/Lever - Bb Clarinet

Now £3,355.00
Buffet GALA - Bb Clarinet

Buffet GALA - Bb Clarinet

Now £2,118.00
Backun Protege - Grenadilla with Silver keys - Bb Clarinet

Backun Protege - Grenadilla with Silver keys - Bb Clarinet

Now £1,475.00
Backun Alpha with S/P Keys

Backun Alpha with S/P Keys

Now £495.00
Buffet E12FL - Bb Clarinet

Buffet E12FL - Bb Clarinet

Now £1,041.00
Buffet Tosca - Bb Clarinet

Buffet Tosca - Bb Clarinet

Was £4,731.00, Now £4,431.00
Yamaha YCL-SEVR - Bb Clarinet

Yamaha YCL-SEVR - Bb Clarinet

Was £2,395.00, Now £2,185.00
Yamaha YCL-SE Artist Model - Bb Clarinet

Yamaha YCL-SE Artist Model - Bb Clarinet

Now £4,930.00
Yamaha YCL-450M - Bb Clarinet

Yamaha YCL-450M - Bb Clarinet

Now £925.00
Selmer Seles Prologue - Bb Clarinet

Selmer Seles Prologue - Bb Clarinet

Now £1,390.00
Selmer Seles Presence - Bb Clarinet

Selmer Seles Presence - Bb Clarinet

Now £2,395.00
Backun Alpha with N/P Keys - Bb Clarinet

Backun Alpha with N/P Keys - Bb Clarinet

Now £425.00
Buffet E13F Bb Clarinet

Buffet E13F Bb Clarinet

Now £1,511.00
Yamaha Venova

Yamaha Venova

Now £96.99
Windcraft WCL-350 - Bb Clarinet

Windcraft WCL-350 - Bb Clarinet

Was £985.00, Now £885.00
Uebel Superior II - Bb Clarinet

Uebel Superior II - Bb Clarinet

Now £5,299.00
Backun Protege with Eb Key - Cocobolo with Silver keys - Bb Clarinet

Backun Protege with Eb Key - Cocobolo with Silver keys - Bb Clarinet

Now £1,725.00
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.