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Buffet Crampon R13 Professional Bb Clarinet with Nickel Plated Keys  

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The Buffet R13 Bb Professional Clarinet is the legendary choice of professionals. Key of Bb. With .577" bore; 66mm barrel; premium-quality grenadilla wood; 17-key, 6-ring nickel-plated keys; polycylin... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Buffet R13 Bb Professional Clarinet is the legendary choice of professionals. Key of Bb. With .577" bore; 66mm barrel; premium-quality grenadilla wood; 17-key, 6-ring nickel-plated keys; polycylindrical bore; undercut toneholes; and adjustable thumb rest. Includes deluxe naugahyde-covered wood shell case with plush interior.

The Buffet R13 clarinet has a 40-year history of quality and craftsmanship. From the wind ensembles to the great symphony orchestras, it is the benchmark in clarinet manufacturing. Crafted in high-quality grenadilla wood to ensure evenness of tone and response. The R13's 3-step polycyndrical bore is noted for its dark, full sound.

Most clarinetists purchasing an instrument with this level of distinction have particular preferences in terms of mouthpieces, so the Tosca Bb Clarinet is priced and shipped without one. A fine quality French-made HB ligature is included. The HB is a silver-plated metal ligature that is very easy-blowing and provides a round, centered and brilliant sound as well as a superior detaché in the upper register. NOTE: Buffet does not include a mouthpiece with this instrument

Features
  • Top quality materials
  • Silver-plated keys
  • Professional standard
  • Tone, power and projection across all registers
  • Quality case and HB ligature included
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Buffet CramponR13 Professional Bb Clarinet with Nickel Plated Keys
 
4.7

(based on 15 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent!

The Buffet R13 is the best instrument a musician can get. There's no need to pay the big bucks for the Prestige or Festival because the basic R13 is the number one. Not all...Read complete review

The Buffet R13 is the best instrument a musician can get. There's no need to pay the big bucks for the Prestige or Festival because the basic R13 is the number one. Not all wood clarinets are the same, though. If you can have a professional musicians who really knows clarinets try them out for you, DO IT! You can't go wrong with an R13 though. P.S. Check for cracks before you buy! And don't let your wood clarinets get cold! They'll crack!

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We got a lemon

We bought a new R-13 clarinet from Musician's Friend a few days ago. Our clarinet instructor inspected it and played it last night. She found several defects: "The (3) Tenon...Read complete review

We bought a new R-13 clarinet from Musician's Friend a few days ago. Our clarinet instructor inspected it and played it last night. She found several defects: "The (3) Tenon joints don't fit. To get that fixed have to have someone put it on a machine and sand it down. The gap is substantial on all three joints. It's so far apart we can't tell the pitch of the instrument. I would not buy this clarinet myself. If it this crooked on the outside, what is it like on the inside?"
We are going to exchange it and try again. The verdict is still out on how well the customer service department at Musician's Friend responds.

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5.0

Greatest Clarinet Ever but be Careful

By Billolsen

from Kingston Ny

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Quality Craftsmanship
  • Warm Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jazz Clubs
    • Small Venues
    • Soundtracks
    • Symphonies

    Comments about Buffet Crampon R13 Professional Bb Clarinet with Nickel Plated Keys:

    Compared to other clarinet makers, Selmer is extremely well made and has a rich, bright tonal quality. Their instruments are made with highly constant quality. Le Blanc is another solid manufacturer. Their instruments are very flexible in terms of tone quality andplaying styles. It has solid intonation and consistent sound quality in each register. Buffet clarinets have some unique attributes. The quality of their manufacture can be maddeningly inconsistent and defective. I tried six R 13s before I found one I could work with. Buffet clarinets have to be coaxed into higher registers and many adjustments have to be made to embrochure to correct flaws in intonation. I would, though, play no other instrument. The first time I found one I could play, something just happened that I can't describe, it's tone is something that can express part of the player's very soul. I wish I could describe it more clearly.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    We got a lemon

    By Kim

    from St. Louis, MO

    Comments about Buffet Crampon R13 Professional Bb Clarinet with Nickel Plated Keys:

    We bought a new R-13 clarinet from Musician's Friend a few days ago. Our clarinet instructor inspected it and played it last night. She found several defects: "The (3) Tenon joints don't fit. To get that fixed have to have someone put it on a machine and sand it down. The gap is substantial on all three joints. It's so far apart we can't tell the pitch of the instrument. I would not buy this clarinet myself. If it this crooked on the outside, what is it like on the inside?"
    We are going to exchange it and try again. The verdict is still out on how well the customer service department at Musician's Friend responds.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    My Out of Box Clarinet Purchase

    By Winks

    from Tucson, Arizona

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Soundtracks
        • Symphonies

        Comments about Buffet Crampon R13 Professional Bb Clarinet with Nickel Plated Keys:

        This was a great purchase, It needed some adjustments, several pads had to be refloated in, had a sticking high C on the left and a leak that would not let the High F# speak and another hangup going from F below middle C to G. I am blessed with a great tech and it is working great! The sound is amazing! Which is why it was worth keeping, this was worth it for the price. Another big plus was that the alternate fingering for Bb,Eb sounds as good as if you were playing the normal fingering. I have never heard a clarinet speak those notes so clearly.

        (11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Experience is Key

        By nameless912

        from Cincinnati, OH

        Comments about Buffet Crampon R13 Professional Bb Clarinet with Nickel Plated Keys:

        I have been playing on an R13 for years. My current one is actually a mid-70s model made in Paris. What I have to say about the newer models is that they have a very similar tambre and color, but the response is just a hair less subtle. Not a huge deal, though-it's a fantastic clarinet. I have not found an interval this thing can't keep in tune, and it sounds like a dream-AS LONG AS YOU'VE BEEN PLAYING FOR A WHILE. I have a friend who got one of these early on in his career and hated it because he couldn't get used to its touchy response. So, if you're gonna buy one, remember that it's not a YCL-4 it's way more responsive and way less forgiving. So just a heads up.

        (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A MUST-GET!!!

        By maria hur

        from san antonio, texas

        Comments about Buffet Crampon R13 Professional Bb Clarinet with Nickel Plated Keys:

        This R13 clarinet is something everyone should buy if they want to become a good clarinet player. Right now, I am playing the clarinet in 1st band in high school and my sound has improved greatly. This clarinet will help improve your sound and make it easier for anyone to play in all registers on the clarinet. It is perfect for region auditions, all-state, and solo and ensemble. This clarinet will make you sound more professional and with hard work, it won't limit you to what you can do on the clarinet.

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best you can get...

        By oledurt

        from Littleton, CO

        Comments about Buffet Crampon R13 Professional Bb Clarinet with Nickel Plated Keys:

        I started playing on this Clarinet when I was in High School. I went on to play professionally in the United States Marine Corps. I traveled with this instrument and played it in every environment you can think off, I never had any problems with it. It always came through. This is not a starter horn however so if you are a beginner this will be too much for you intermediate to advanced players will make this horn shine.

        (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I love it!

        By CaneronLeigh

        from Holladay, UT

        Comments about Buffet Crampon R13 Professional Bb Clarinet with Nickel Plated Keys:

        I didn't even really know what it was til I was 16. When I got her, I played SO much! I couldn't put her down!

        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Clarinet EVER!

        By Rebecca132

        from San Fransico, California

        Comments about Buffet Crampon R13 Professional Bb Clarinet with Nickel Plated Keys:

        The R13 is my dream come true! I love it! The tone is so beautiful! I play my clarinet at least double the time.

        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        best Ever

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Buffet Crampon R13 Professional Bb Clarinet with Nickel Plated Keys:

        The Buffet R-13 is the sweetest clarinet made. It is the choice of many professional orchestral and jazz players.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Review

        By schu32

        from Michigan

        Comments about Buffet Crampon R13 Professional Bb Clarinet with Nickel Plated Keys:

        Excellent instrument. Only drawback is cork swells when playing, making it difficult to take apart. I still would recommend this instrument to everyone.

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