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The perfect clarinet for the serious student.
  • Key of Bb
    .577" bore
    65mm barrel
    Brushed, wood-like ABS plastic
    Nickel-plated keys
    Undercut toneholes
    Polycylindrical bore
    Adjustable thumb rest

Buffet Crampon B12 Student Bb Clarinet
The B12 clarinets are made from ABS resin with an appearance and sound similar to that of genuine grenadilla wood. These models are lightweight, strong and easy to clean. They are perfect for even very young players.

The B12 model has a very attractive and traditional design with nickel-plated body rings, straight keywork and a traditional bell ring. The body is buffed to give the appearance of wood.

The nickel silver keywork is cold forged and induction soldered, providing great stability, precision and quality. The B12 model is mounted with double fish skin pads which ensure excellent sealing.

The first notes and the feel of an instrument are very important for a beginner. The B12 is an excellent choice for ensuring that the student has every chance to experience progress on his or her instrument, thereby developing a positive association with music and music instruction.

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"Best entry level clarinet you will find!"

by Jim Davidson - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Over 30 years Classical & march Palm Springs
13 people out of 15 found this review helpful

I bought my B12 clarinet as a second clarinet for outdoor performances. I already have a R13 clarinet that I've had for years. The sound on the B12 is very mellow & rich for a plastic clarinet. I tested the intonation with my chromatic tuner and it is very well in tune compared to other student models I have tried. The keys feel just as nice as my R13; the main difference is that it is of lighter weight because it is made of resin plastic. I wish I had this B12 back when I was in junior high & high school; I played on an old Vito back then. If you are a serious student then I recommend paying a little more for the B12 entry clarinet, you won't be sorry! :)

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"A fantastic instrument fit for any clarinet player!"

by Mindy Feuchtinger - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Piano and Clarinet Jazz Los Angeles
10 people out of 12 found this review helpful

I played the clarinet when I was younger, but I bought this one for my daughter and it is a wonderful instrument! Not only is the sound great, but its very sturdy. It has fallen a few times while being in and out of the case, but there are no scratches. The case is a great, strong case with a velvet padding that cushions the pieces and it comes with a mouth piece case which is great if you don't want to put the instrument away, but you don't want your reed to get scratched, a reed, cork grease, and a swab. What comes with it alone is great because you save money. The clarinet has a rich sound and it hardly goes out of tune, even after we've had it for almost two years! If you are going to invest in a clarinet for you or someone else, it should be this one.

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"Amazing Clarinet!"

by Melissa - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
8 years of band concert band and marching band MI
8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

I have owned this clarinet since I started playing and 8 years later it still plays like a charm. It survived 8 years of concert band and 3 years of marching band and it has no problems. I cannot think of selling this one, it is going to college with me next year. I've tried other ones to see if I liked them better, but none of them even compared. I would recommend this instrument to anyone!

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by Jen - 9/9/2010 11:12:07 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
former Middle School Band Director Wind Ensemble/Concert Band/Orchestra Atlanta, Georgia
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

I purchased this for college marching band, as I did not want to take my precious Buffet R13 onto the field. It was GREAT! As a former middle school band director, I highly recommend it to any player for outdoor use, and for beginners or intermediates looking for something that is easier to play and sounds better than those el-cheapo "student" clarinets the chain music stores rent to the beginners! Get more for your money!!!

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"Great, but extremely sharp"

by clarify - 5/16/2012 11:01:00 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
5 years clarinet, High School Jazz, Marching, Concert, Solos Palm Harbor, FL

I was once playing on my Prestige R13 (actually, it was the first day at my high school with it) and I was searching for a clarinet to use for marching band (spend another $3000 on Greenline? No way). I narrowed my search to 3 clarinets: the Yamaha YCL-250, the Vito V40, and the Buffet B12. After trying the YCL-250 and playing on my R13 for a while, I realized that another one of my friends was playing on a B12. She was kind enough to let me try it. Going in, I was expecting a good, in-tune sound from the clarinet, like most Buffets. I did get the good sound, but the clarinet is extremely sharp. Just about anywhere on the clarinet, altissimo, clarion, ect., you're most likely to be 20 sharp. On the bright side, though, the keywork, like any other Buffet, is beyond belief. The keys feel light and fit around your fingers so well. In short, it's very similar to the R13, but there are intonation flaws that makes this clarinet still considered as a student clarinet. It's more personal preference whether you want the B12 or the YCL-250, but either way, you're going to get a great, inexpensive clarinet.

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"The best student clarinet out there"

by anonymous - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
professional all Boston
17 people out of 18 found this review helpful

I am a performing musician and private teacher and I have to say that for my students this is the best clarinet to get. It is not the cheapest student clarinet out there but that it is because has amazing quality for a student instrument. Normally I would recommend a Yamaha for my students that play saxophone and flute, but for clarinet I think that the Buffet B12 is superior in quality, sound and overall intonation. The B12 is pretty much a plastic E11 with nickel plated keys rather than silver. I feel that the B12 will definitely last throughout high school. It has many professional features that are found on the R13. The B12 is a very high quality clarinet that will last any student for a very long time.

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"Very Responsive!"

by Carly - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
11 years of violin, 4 of clarinet Classical, concert band and marching band Ohio
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

I started on this clarinet and have loved it ever since! Not only does it have a good clear tone, it has very even registers, and grows with the student. The first things I think of when I pick it up are how responsive it is, and how nice it feels in my hands. Very flexible sound.

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"Very reliable instrument"

by Jacqueline Peterson - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
clarinet and piano player classical, jazz, and gospel Michigan
8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

My daughter is very pleased with her Buffet B12 clarinet. She loves that it is lightweight and weather resistant for marching band while providing a beautiful, consistent tone for symphony band. The Buffet B12 clarinet is a high quality instrument and an excellent value.

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"Superior quality and value"

by D. Manevich - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
teacher and performer wind ensemble, orchestral, symponic band repertoire USA
29 people out of 30 found this review helpful

The Buffet B12 is the best entry level student model clarinet out there. Key action is very responsive, sound quality is excellent, intonation approaches the mighty Buffet R13, and I recommend this model to my beginning students. The B12 will last advancing clarinetists for many years without hindering progress. To master the basic skills, a quality instrument is essential. The Buffet B12 is worth the investment for any serious student.

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"Great price, great sound, great instrument"

by Rick Blumenthal - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
percussionist, guitarist, father of clarinet player all kinds form classical to folk to jazz california
42 people out of 46 found this review helpful

On the advice of our son's clarinet instructor, we bought this clarinet from you and WOW, what a difference it has made. The overall tone and range improved my son's sound almost instantly. This has allowed him to play with others with much more expensive clarinets, and not feel embarrassed. His progression in ability, as well as overall sound, has made many question the short length of his clarinet lessons (2 years now, but only 1 when we bought it). We are very pleased.

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