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Buffet Crampon R13 Professional Bb Clarinet with Silver Plated Keys
Developed in 1955 by Robert Carre, the Buffet R13 Bb Clarinets are the world's most popular and fit well with all types of musician. The R13 is a clarinet with unparalleled flexibility and a lively, responsive sound that cannot be found anywhere else. The bore features a polycylindrical design that creates better focus and adds more "ring" to the tone. Each R13 is complete with leather covered, wood case and necessary care accessories.

The Buffet Crampon R13 is made of stained grenadilla wood, has a hand burnished bore, and power forged keywork and posts that are pre-plated in copper. The clarinet also features a silver-plated adjustable thumb rest, undercut tone holes, polycarbonate fiber reinforced tenons, and Gore-Tex pads. The result is simply the finest professional clarinet on the market, and is considered the reference standard by which all other clarinets must match.

Throughout its long lifetime Buffet Crampon has developed the most complete range of clarinets, while always taking musicians', conductors' and composers' requirements into consideration. Developed in 1955 under the guidance of Robert Carre, the now legendary R13 clarinet quickly became the choice of professional musicians. Musicians are charmed by its rich and focused sound, its power in all registers, and its flexibility. The R13 is suitable for all types of musician, symphony or chamber music, soloists, teachers, those in marching bands, students, and amateurs.

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  • Level: Professional
    Key: Bb
    Barrel Material: Grenadilla
    Body Material: Hand selected grenadilla
    Bore: Polycylindrical / .574
    Key System: Boehm (French) / 17 Keys
    Keys: Silver-plated
    Tone Holes: Undercut
    Pads: Double Skin
    Springs: Blue Steel (French)
    Includes: Leather Covered Case / Mouthpiece / Ligature & Cap / Care Products
    Crafted In France

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"Wonderful! gorgeous sound! "

by Kate Heidemann - 12/3/2009 12:02:57 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
music major, applied clarinet classical Norwalk, CT
6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

I got this clarinet a few years ago and its still kickin'! When I first got it, I had a few problems--the barrel couldn't be pushed in all the way, some of the keys weren't aligned correctly, but nothing that couldn't be taken care of with a little TLC. I love the sound on this horn. The case seems a little small, so i bought a PRO TEC to go with it and it fits perfectly fine. I also got a new mouthpiece (portnoy BP02) because the one that comes with it is just a stock mouthpiece. But when you get the clarinet, if it doesn't work perfectly, don't be disappointed! Simple tweaks here and there will make your instrument truly one of a kind. In my opinion, stop looking at any other clarinet and GET THIS ONE!

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"Astonisingly Beautiful!"

by Michael - 7/13/2011 4:28:48 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Student Houston, Texas
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I have recently purchased this instrument as a recommendation from my music teacher, and let me just tell you, this is by far the most beautifully created instrument I've ever had the pleasure to play. The tone is breathtakingly beautiful, the craftsmanship is phenomenal and overall, it's just wonderful. If you are thinking of buying this, take my advice: It is most CERTAINLY absolutely worth it!

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by Shea - 8/7/2009 11:41:12 PM  Share
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My clarinet is my LIFE, planning to be a private lessons teacher in college Classical Woodruff, SC
10 people out of 12 found this review helpful

I received a Buffet R13 Bb going into my freshman year old highschool. My student clarinet was getting pretty old, so mom surprised me by taking the plunge and buying it for me. She went into a store and said "What's the best profesional clarinet I can get", and they ofcourse handed the R13 to her. I couldn't be any happier. The R13 produces the BEST quality of sound, works with my reed of choice (gonzalez) better than ANY clarinet on the market now, and just is all around fantastic. I can't tell you enough that if you're taking the big step for a professional clarinet, there's no competition- the R13 is THE CLARINET for everyone. You have to try it to believe it, and trust me, you won't go back!

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"Amazing. simpy amazing"

by jacob - 5/2/2011 11:37:46 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
high school, soloist classical poulsbo, Wa
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

This clarinet triumphs over many. I used to have a student model buffet (the b12) and that didnt stand up to my musical needs. but the r13 definitely does. the tone is amazing and i can produce sound easily. im using a rovner dark and b45 vandoren and the set up is really quite amazing.

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"The best clarinet you can own."

by Jaclyn - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Orchestra, symphonic band classical, old rock Lexington
48 people out of 51 found this review helpful

I am going into college and I was searching around for a really good instrument and I found that the Buffet R13 was the best. The pitch is perfect. This instrument always stays in tune and I never have trouble with the responses. The one suggestion I would say is find another mouth piece when you receive your instrument. The mouth piece is terrible it plays so flat. But the instrument is excellent!

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"Great Clarinet!"

by Brett - 12/31/2009 3:59:25 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Soloist, Wind Ensemble Classical Texas
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

The Buffet R13 is one of the best modest professional clarinets out there in the market. It provides a great, rich tone from it's grenadilla wooden body, and the sound is very nice. I've played this clarinet since a few years ago, and I'm really enjoying it. Priced pretty modestly too, this is the clarinet you're looking for once you get into the stage of more serious playing.

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"Totally Awesome"

by Natalie Nguyen - 1/11/2011 4:34:44 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
middle school, high school wind symphony classical forest, ca
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I got this clarinet at the beginning of this school year for my student level clarinet didn't keep up with the music we were playing. The Buffet R-13 is amazing. It responds really well and has a very deep rich tone. The intonation is amazing. I'll tune it once at a beginning of the rehearsal and will hardly have to adjust it after wards. When you first get it the cork is a little thick, so putting together and taking it apart is difficult, but that's nothing sanding can't fix. The only real problem is that the mouth piece it comes with, quite frankly, isn't good. I recommend buying another mouthpiece along with it if getting the Buffet R-13. One of the best clarinets you can buy. You won't regret the purchase, swear.

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by Dale Fedele - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
6 years Classical and Jazz Lake Worth, Florida
6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

The best clarinet money can buy! I bought one 7 months ago, and use an M13 Profile 88 Vandoren when playing classical or 5JB Profile 88 Vandoren when playing Jazz. I also use Vandoren V.12 3 1/2 reeds. This combination produces the most easy and rich tone possible for a clarinet. If I were to choose one clarinet to use for the rest of your life, this would be it.

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by K.E.B - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Middle School, 1/2 a year of High School Honor Band Missouri
3 people out of 25 found this review helpful

The reason I have this clarinet is because I?m an aspiring band director. I absolutely LOVE this clarinet.

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"The best "

by Alex - 9/10/2009 9:21:48 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Middle School, High Shool, College, Professional band Classical, Jazz Tacoma, Washington
7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

My mother purchased me an R 13 back in 8th grade, right before i was entering high school and am still using it 10 years later. This clarinet is absolutely wonderful. Deep rich sound, and easy to play throat tones, this clarinet can do it all. The only suggestion is to buy a different mouthpiece and possibly a new barrel. I plan to use this for the rest of my life.

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