When most people think of a clarinet, they're usually thinking of a Bb model. Also known as soprano clarinets, these are the most commonly found in jazz ensembles and wind orchestras. While student Bb clarinets are ideal to start out with, aspiring players who develop a good feel for the instrument definitely need to start thinking about upgrading to an intermediate model. Intermediate Bb clarinets are made of wood and produce a high-quality tone that can impress even the most discerning professional - in fact, many pro-level clarinetists go their entire careers with intermediate clarinets.
If you're in the market for an intermediate Bb clarinet, you're in luck: the models in this section come to you from some of the most respected woodwind manufacturers in the world today. Any one of the options here would be a great place to start your search - but to get things rolling, we'll suggest checking out the Selmer CL211 Intermediate Bb Clarinet. Crafted from grenadilla wood, this clarinet has a smaller bore, adjustable thumb rest, undercut tone holes and silver-plated keys. It also comes with free Coda Smart Music Studio software, a Selmer USA mouthpiece, cap, ligature and a durable case.
Another excellent intermediate Bb clarinet is the Jupiter JCL1100S Intermediate Wood Bb Clarinet. Painstakingly crafted from select grenadilla wood and sporting forged silver-plated keys, offset trill keys, Eb key mechanism and even an adjustable neck strap, the JCL1100S is perfect for any student clarinetist who wants to continue playing after high school. For that matter, the same can be said for the Buffet Crampon E12 France Intermediate Bb Clarinet. The ease-of-play and accurate intonation of this clarinet is the result of Buffet's research & development teams at its production facilities in Germany and France. Adapted from professional models, the E12F is a tough and reliable masterpiece that has set a new standard for all other intermediate Bb clarinet models.
It's also worth noting that all three intermediate Bb clarinets mentioned above are top sellers, so any choice you make will be sure to please you. The fact that you've dedicated yourself to such a challenging instrument, it only makes sense to reward yourself with a clarinet that reflects how far you've come. So go ahead and make your pick - you deserve it.