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 clari... 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
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Comments about Buffet Crampon R13 Professional Bb Clarinet with Nickel-Plated Keys:
What's good: Fulfills its legendary reputation of quality and among the most popular and most widely clarinets in the world. Excellent craftsmanship of manufacture, superb wood/metal/components/etc.
Not-so-good: A quite notable issue with the upper joint connection to the barrel. Nearly impossible to disconnect barrel from upper joint after playing. No easy musician-level remedy. Cork grease doesn't help. I am breaking-in the instrument correctly. Yet, after each daily practice of several hours, I must seal the still-connected barrel/upper joint in a zip-lock baggie along with a very damp wash cloth for up to 24 hours. Something is not right, and I have noted this problem in a couple of reviews and several Internet forums. Maybe this will be resolved after the complete break-in period. I'm patient, but this perhaps will require a technician's attention (under warranty of course).
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