Sonata is in general, the perfect brand for beginners. They produce high quality, robust orchestral brass and woodwind instruments, designed with the beginners in mind. They have been tried and tested in education over a number of years.

This Sonata Bb Clarinet is the perfect example. It is a very well-made instrument that features off-set trill keys, power forged nickel silver keys and undercut tone holes. Constructed with ABS body in a matte wood finish, the instrument is light with an responsive tone through the range. Supplied with this clarinet is a mouthpiece, mouthpiece cap, ligature, beginner reed, cleaning cloth and cork grease. Crazy right! But we can’t forget the case it comes in. It has a stylish exterior and soft, moulded interior. The case features two accessory pockets, one on the outside and one inside, and it even comes with detachable shoulder straps so you can transport your clarinet even easier. You can receive all of this, for such an affordable price!

If this isn’t enough, take a look at the Beginner Pack which includes all of the above and more!

  • Not 1, but 10 reeds for when you accidentally chip your current reed. Even I’m guilty of doing it.
  • A stand to hold your clarinet whilst you are not playing to help reduce the risk of damage.
  • A care kit to keep your clarinet in tip top condition and playing for longer.

Have a listen for yourself…


Buffet is perhaps most famous for their clarinets. They began manufacturing in 1825, and have had a lot of experience and knowledge when it comes to the perfect clarinet, ranging from student to professional models.

Their Buffet Prodige Bb Clarinet model is designed specifically for students, and is one of the best on the market. It is a popular choice within education services due to it being a reliable and durable instrument. Made from a co-polymer ABS body, this clarinet is lightweight and has a rich focused tone. Thanks to this improved ABS construction, the clarinet not only looks like it’s made from grenadilla wood, but also plays exceptionally well. It features undercut tone holes, double skin pads for a reliable seal and ergonomically designed keys, all of which creates a fantastic response and comfort when playing. Supplied with a semi-rigid back pack style gigbag, mouthpiece, ligature and reed, this clarinet ensures you can start playing right away.

Similar to the Sonata, this clarinet also comes in a Beginner Pack which includes;

  • A box of 10 x 1½ reeds for when you accidentally chip your current reed. It’s inevitable.
  • A stand to hold your clarinet whilst you are not playing to help reduce the risk of damage.
  • A care kit to keep your clarinet in tip top condition and playing for longer.

Take a look at how Buffet clarinets are made…


Yamaha are a household name across the UK and worldwide, committed to delivering instruments that satisfy the needs and desires of everyone. They are known for their high quality instruments, such as woodwind, brass, pianos, and many more.

A flagship student clarinet model, this Yamaha Bb Student Clarinet is a high quality model that will reliably take the aspiring player well into the upper grades. Constructed from a matte ABS resin, designed to offer the look, sound and feel of a wooden instrument, this clarinet has a responsive tone, and sounds great throughout all registers and dynamics. It features 17 nickel-silver keys, 6 body rings, and is very ergonomic, ensuring comfort when playing. There’s no metal ring on the bell of this clarinet, making it lighter and easier to hold up for smaller builds. Supplied with this clarinet is a 4C mouthpiece, mouthpiece cap, ligature and a sturdy yet lightweight carry case with an additional shoulder strap.

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Lucy joined Normans in November 2018 after finishing her A-Levels, one of them being Music. A very talented musician who plays the Saxophone, Clarinet and Piano to a high standard. I'm sure you'll agree, she's a great addition to the Sales Team. In Lucy's spare time, she loves to travel!