The Selmer Prelude models are always excellent instruments to start a new student on. The Prelude clarinet is an excellent value with the selmer tone that cannot be replicated. Perfect for beginners and guaranteed to last for many years. Benefits of buying the Selmer name include quality production and materials, tone consistency and ease of play. This clarinet also makes for an excellent back up clarinet to use for marching band, pep band, or for when your concert clarinet is in the shop.