Best Clarinets in 2020



Jean Paul USA Intermediate Clarinet CL-400 Review:


Worth every penny and then some. I never played a reed instrument before buying this, and I was dubious whether I'd get an instrument, or a clarinet shaped object. When I pulled it out of the case, I didn't even know how to put it together. I'd never touched a reed before let alone assembled a ligature. I couldn't even get a note to come out at first. That's how new I was to this.

It's been 2 months now with near daily practice. I have no teacher. I can play several songs, circular breath, play across the break in intermediate songs like The Pink Panther theme, and I can hold a note for 55 seconds without circular breathing. I am not some kind of wood wind prodigy. I credit having a GREAT instrument with my progress.

Out of the case I was shocked at how heavy this clarinet is. It's heavier than my flute, which is all metal. The key material is also solid and did not require any adjustment in several weeks of playing now. The tenons are tight, but soon get to a comfortable resistance with frequent cork greasings at cleaning time.

I ditched the stock mouth piece after a month and a half and got a Vandoren 5JB 88 with a Vandoren 1.5 reed. Just do it. You won't look back. I now have an instrument that is going to last me a long time before I need to upgrade, and to me that is what makes a good starter instrument. One that you don't need to immediately toss because it's holding you back or breaks.

I also replaced the ligature with a single screw leather one which makes reed cleaning easier. The pads are still in good shape, no leaky keys, and it plays from bottom of the cleff up to the 3rd octave without any off or slow notes.

I have a few minor nit picks though. As it came out of the box, it was 1/2 a semitone flat with either barrel in use. Changing the mouth piece solved that problem. You can compensate with your embouchure but as a new player I found it hard to do that AND concentrate on my scales at the same time. Mine did not come with a replacement reed either so be sure to buy a box of reeds. The stock mouth piece played best for me with a 3.0 reed strength. 2.0 was too easy to over blow and squeak in the lower register.

I also recommend you get a stand that stores in the bell. I rarely disassemble my instrument now, and instead keep it next to my favorite chair, ready to grab and practice at any time.

I've bought a few inexpensive instruments before on Amazon like a trumpet and a flute, which were around the same price as this clarinet, but far inferior in terms of quality, weight, and build. I feel like I got a really good deal on this clarinet at $180. With the new mouth piece I'm about $270 in, and feel like I have a $800 instrument.



Jean Paul USA CL-300 Student Clarinet Review:


Worth every penny and then some. I never played a reed instrument before buying this, and I was dubious whether I'd get an instrument, or a clarinet shaped object. When I pulled it out of the case, I didn't even know how to put it together. I'd never touched a reed before let alone assembled a ligature. I couldn't even get a note to come out at first. That's how new I was to this.

It's been 2 months now with near daily practice. I have no teacher. I can play several songs, circular breath, play across the break in intermediate songs like The Pink Panther theme, and I can hold a note for 55 seconds without circular breathing. I am not some kind of wood wind prodigy. I credit having a GREAT instrument with my progress.

Out of the case I was shocked at how heavy this clarinet is. It's heavier than my flute, which is all metal. The key material is also solid and did not require any adjustment in several weeks of playing now. The tenons are tight, but soon get to a comfortable resistance with frequent cork greasings at cleaning time.

I ditched the stock mouth piece after a month and a half and got a Vandoren 5JB 88 with a Vandoren 1.5 reed. Just do it. You won't look back. I now have an instrument that is going to last me a long time before I need to upgrade, and to me that is what makes a good starter instrument. One that you don't need to immediately toss because it's holding you back or breaks.

I also replaced the ligature with a single screw leather one which makes reed cleaning easier. The pads are still in good shape, no leaky keys, and it plays from bottom of the cleff up to the 3rd octave without any off or slow notes.

I have a few minor nit picks though. As it came out of the box, it was 1/2 a semitone flat with either barrel in use. Changing the mouth piece solved that problem. You can compensate with your embouchure but as a new player I found it hard to do that AND concentrate on my scales at the same time. Mine did not come with a replacement reed either so be sure to buy a box of reeds. The stock mouth piece played best for me with a 3.0 reed strength. 2.0 was too easy to over blow and squeak in the lower register.

I also recommend you get a stand that stores in the bell. I rarely disassemble my instrument now, and instead keep it next to my favorite chair, ready to grab and practice at any time.

I've bought a few inexpensive instruments before on Amazon like a trumpet and a flute, which were around the same price as this clarinet, but far inferior in terms of quality, weight, and build. I feel like I got a really good deal on this clarinet at $180. With the new mouth piece I'm about $270 in, and feel like I have a $800 instrument.



Eastar B Flat Clarinet Black Ebonite Clarinet Student Beginner with Mouthpiece Case 2 Connector 8 Occlusion Rim Clarinet Stand 3 Reeds and More Keys Review:


 As a clarinet beginner, I had a hard time at first creating sound, but after a few days of dedication and practice, I assure you, you will create some sound! You can see in the video, I'm not the best clarinet player, but I tried my best to play something! I hope you like it. I did blend in some sounds together to create something more pleasing to hear. Other than that, the sound itself is not fixed in any other form.

I want to note that at first, the clarinet pieces (mouthpiece, the barrel, the upper joint, the lower joint, and the bell, (in order)) were hard to piece together. I realized then that all new clarinets are a bit hard around the cork because the manufacturers want clarinet to last longer, hence the tighter the better, that way the cork doesn't become too lose too fast (what clarinet cork grease can be used for). Tip: You can also adjust the barrel or switch to the other barrel it comes with to your liking for different or better sound.

About the Bb Clarinet:
Bb clarinet is the most popular used instrument. It's a transposing instrument, so the note would be around a major second from the note written on the music sheet. Fun fact about the Bb clarinet is that it's used in songs like jazz or songs like Mozart and older classical songs. Because of the wide range of musical compositions for Bb Clarinet, it is the most prominent choice, especially for beginning students. Another fact to chose this instrument is that it is flexible for players who would like to switch instruments like a saxophone or a flute between or in songs.

When I played this Bb clarinet the tone felt bright and rich. I was impressed by the great sound and action that came with it. Make sure to never touch your thin part of the reed (easy to damage) and keep the reed moist when you play for nicer sound. The clarinet comes in great packaging and condition. The fact that it comes with a care kit plus a portable stand and all this for a great price! I definitely recommend purchasing this instrument especially if you are a beginner, you won't regret it!

I really hope that this can inspire many people who wish to play or already play the clarinet to try this one.



Mendini MCT-E+SD+PB Black Ebonite B Flat Clarinet with Case, Stand, Pocketbook, Mouthpiece, 10 Reeds and More Review:


 I am quite pleased and this clarinet has a great sound for the price. When I purchased the clarinet, the price was $59.99. I wanted to start back playing music and thought this would a great one for me since I am learning how to play a clarinet. Make sure you use the cork grease when putting the clarinet together; otherwise, you will not be able to put the clarinet together. Low notes play very well and I'll watch YouTube for tips on how to play the high notes. If you have a child who wants to learn how to play the clarinet, then purchase this one because it would be perfect for a beginner. However, if your child is a more advanced clarinet player, then purchase an expensive one. Final Note: I chose this one since I'm a beginner and did not need to spend more money for a more expensive clarinet, but this Mendini B-flat Clarinet plays well. I heard some people say that the strength of the reed is very important as well, but you get 10 (2.5 reeds) to start with. I suggest that you even contact a professional clarinetist or music teacher just to find out what strength number is suitable for a beginning clarinet player. Thank you for reading my review!
Recent Update - I'm now using Rico Reeds (1.5 Strength) and these reeds produce a more rounded tone.

Update - Posted a video just to let you know how the Mendini B-flat Clarinet sounds.



Yamaha YCL-255 Standard Bb Clarinet Bb Clarinet Review:


Before buying the YCL-255 I was debating on Plastic vs a Wood Clarinet, I decided Plastic for Durability, Longevity, Light weight, and No special in that order and then try to make it sound the best I can, using some better mouth pieces. This Clarinet sounds and Plays well, and is in tune, I noticed right off that the keys all seemed solid, well built, and is a sturdy instrument, with No issues out of the box. But, the Mouthpiece that came with it is Not good for me, as it is way to restrictive and very hard to blow air through for any length of time. After playing for 1 hour, I knew I wanted a More Open Mouthpiece, I have a Yamaha 6c while this is better than the provided 4C, it could still be better, I also have a Vandoren 5JB profile 88, Very good for Jazz, Love this one, and a Vandoren 7JB Profile 88, Very good for Jazz, and a Portnoy BP03 really Love this one, these are all Upgrades from the Mouthpiece that came with this instrument. I Like how Light weight this Instrument is, I can sit and play it easily for hours, Much Lighter than any of my Saxophones Fingering is fast and fluid, One thing on the Provided 4C Mouthpiece, I checked the Mouthpieces Table for Flatness, It was Not Flat, it had a concave section molded into the table, I would expect them all to be this way, also this Mouthpiece is NOT made in Japan as all Japanese MPCs are Stamped Japan on them, My 6C says Japan on it, since this is a made in Indonesia Clarinet, I would expect that is where that 4C is made, while it is just OK, Just not what I would use. Some people noted that there Clarinet did not have a serial Number, well Mine had a serial # on it, bought through store front "the Breezy" For Me this is a Nice Instrument that should last for many years.



Mendini by Cecilio B Flat Beginner Student Clarinet with 2 Barrels, Case, Stand, Book, 10 Reeds, Mouthpiece and Warranty (Blue) Review:


I’m very impressed with this clarinet. I’ve never played a clarinet before but this one seems to be amazing. It has a great sound, comes with everything you need, and is physically appealing. I will say the reeds that comes with it seem to be cheaply made. After about two weeks I ended upgrading to a new mouth piece and reeds and it makes it sound even better. When I listen to me playing it versus recordings of more expensive ones they seem to sound very similar. I would say that this is perfect for beginners since it has everything you need to start out and it seems to be durable enough to take a beating and still play like new!



Mendini by Cecilio B Flat Beginner Student Clarinet with 2 Barrels, Case, Stand, Book, 10 Reeds, Mouthpiece and Warranty (Ebonite) Review:


I’m very impressed with this clarinet. I’ve never played a clarinet before but this one seems to be amazing. It has a great sound, comes with everything you need, and is physically appealing. I will say the reeds that comes with it seem to be cheaply made. After about two weeks I ended upgrading to a new mouth piece and reeds and it makes it sound even better. When I listen to me playing it versus recordings of more expensive ones they seem to sound very similar. I would say that this is perfect for beginners since it has everything you need to start out and it seems to be durable enough to take a beating and still play like new!



Glory B Flat Black Ebonite Clarinet with 2 Barrels, 11reeds,8 Pads Cushions,case,carekit and More Black/silver Keys Review:


I’m very impressed with this clarinet. I’ve never played a clarinet before but this one seems to be amazing. It has a great sound, comes with everything you need, and is physically appealing. I will say the reeds that comes with it seem to be cheaply made. After about two weeks I ended upgrading to a new mouth piece and reeds and it makes it sound even better. When I listen to me playing it versus recordings of more expensive ones they seem to sound very similar. I would say that this is perfect for beginners since it has everything you need to start out and it seems to be durable enough to take a beating and still play like new!