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Which Clarinet is Best for a Beginner?

20th December 2019

Whether choosing one for your child or picking up the instrument for the first time yourself, it’s never easy knowing which clarinet to buy for a beginner. There are so many options and a lot of jargon to wade through, making it near impossible to figure it out without a little help. That’s exactly why we’ve put together this guide, helping answer the question ‘which is the best clarinet for beginners?’ once and for all. 

What to Consider

Before you even look at clarinets for beginners, there are a couple of things you should consider to make sure you pick the right one for you or your little one:

  • Budget – If you’re trying a clarinet for the first time, it’s probably not a great idea to jump in at the most expensive end, even if it is tempting! If you find you’re not as keen on it as you thought you would be, it would be a shame to spend so much money, even considering our generous buy-back option. This is especially true with kids, who are prone to dropping new hobbies just as quickly as they pick them up.
  • Use – If you have a specific purpose for your clarinet, this can definitely affect which you should pick. For example, if it’s for a child, we’d usually recommend a plastic model as they are lighter, easier to blow and very durable. However, if it’s sound quality that’s more important to you, and you’re starting as an adult, then a wooden clarinet could be a better option. 

Clarinets for Beginners

There’s no one single answer to which clarinet is best for beginners, but we can help you find one that’s more suitable. At Dawkes, we have 5 different categories of clarinets, along with our special section. The 5 different categories are Bb, A, Eb, Alto, and Bass

If you’re just starting out, the Bb will probably be the best option for you due to its versatility. It can be used for a whole range of different types of music, from jazz to marching tunes, and a lot of music is written to be played on this specific type of clarinet. It’s easy to hold, put together and play and 99% of new beginners will start on a Bb clarinet.

At Dawkes, we have a huge selection of Bb clarinets, all of which we’ve selected for their sound quality, durability, and price, so you can find exactly what you’re looking for. Browse through the collection for more information or get in touch with us directly and we’ll help you find it exactly what you’re looking for.

Best Makes & Models?

This can be slightly subjective, but if we’re considering a plastic beginner model which will be best suited to most new players, we’d suggest Yamaha, Buffet or Windcraft. These brands have excellent build quality, a nice sound and are easy to play. Here’s an example of the ever-popular Yamaha YCL-255 beginner clarinet in action:

For more information regarding our selection of clarinets, both new and used, give us a call today on 01628 630 800 or contact us here. Our award-winning team are happy to help answer any queries and give their best advice.