Clarinet Buyers Guide
from the MMF! Music Library
Student clarinets are designed for the beginner and are meant to provide an excellent start for the first few years of playing. These entry-level clarinets are made with durable resonite (plastic) bodies and priced to easily fit most budgets.
Intermediate clarinets are designed for students that have been playing for at least 2 years, and have acquired basic playing skills. Most intermediate clarinets feature Grenadilla wood bodies and quality key work.
Professional quality clarinets are designed for the advanced and professional musician. Professional clarinets typically feature Grenadilla wood bodies and quality key work, though are sometimes made from alternative materials as a result of the dwindling supply of Grenadilla wood. These high-end instruments are recommended for high school students and above. Parents desiring to save a little should start with a student clarinet and transition into a professional line clarinet in high school, by passing the intermediate level instrument.
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