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Pros: The color clarinets from Cecilio are delightful novelty items. They look great!
Cons: The Cecilio clarinets in color are not in tune. Even with a quality mouthpiece and firm reed, the instrument is not in tune with itself. With severe intonation problems I could not recommend that any beginner learn to play the clarinet using this instrument. They look wonderful, especially outdoors on a sunny day in a parade. However, the intonation is a huge problem. Clarinets aren't really heard in most marching bands, so they are OK for outdoor playing, but you will struggle to be in tune. If you care about your sound and being in tune, this is not a good choice. I would only recommend this instrument as a novelty item, certainly not for learning to play well. If you want a plastic clarinet for outdoor functions (marching band, parades, park concerts) with a decent sound that is in tune, you won't be satisfied with a Cecilio clarinet.
Other Thoughts: The case is very lightweight and has a decent amount of storage space for reeds and swab. Most other beginner clarinets lack enough space inside the case. A note should be included inside the case indicating that there are several cork plugs inserted to keep some of the keys pushed down to help seal the pads. These plugs have to be removed in order for the instrument to function properly. Most beginners, and a lot of intermediate players, won't know what is wrong when they start to play their new instrument.
Reviewed By:ATL music teacher,10/15/2013 8:07:26 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.