Student Clarinet

While checking the stats of I noticed that through the years there is one constant factor: the pages that are visited the most by far are the pages about student clarinets…

Which clarinet to buy for a starter, do I choose a wooden clarinet (grenadilla) or a composite material, plastic? Is it easy to upgrade to a better clarinet and when is the right time to do so?

It seems that everybody has his own opinion about student clarinets.

Some of the articles you ‘ll find on the site are:

And of course we also know the Lyons Clarinet (the new type is called the “Clarineo”) and I am sure I am far from complete.

But, please, comment on this subject about student clarinets, give us your opinion as a student or as a teacher or professional. What do you think is the best instrument to start playing the clarinet?