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Buffet Crampon R13 Professional Bb Clarinet with Silver Plated Keys

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The Buffet R13 Bb Clarinet with Silver Plated Keys is crafted from carefully selected stained grenadilla wood. The R13 Clarinet features undercut ton...Click To Read More About This Product

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The standard bearer.

The Buffet R13 Bb Clarinet with Silver Plated Keys is crafted from carefully selected stained grenadilla wood. The R13 Clarinet features undercut toneholes, power-forged keywork preplated in copper and finished in silver plate, 17 keys and 6 rings, hand-burnished polycylindrical bore, silver-plated adjustable thumb rest, double fish skin pads.

Throughout its long history 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 R13 clarinet quickly became the legendary choice of professional musicians. Musicians are charmed by the R13's rich and focused sound, its power in all registers and its flexibility. The Buffet R13 Clarinet is suitable for all types of musicians: symphony or chamber music, soloists, teachers, those in marching bands, students and amateurs.

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
  • NOTE: Buffet does not include a mouthpiece with this instrument

Order today. It's the first name in symphonic clarinets for a wide range of very good reasons.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Body: Hand Selected Grenadilla
  • Bore: Poly-cylindrical / .574
  • Barrel: Grenadilla / 66mm / Cylindrical
  • Bell: Grenadilla / SIlver Plated Bell Ring
  • Key System: Boehm (French) / 17 Keys
  • Keys: Silver Plated
  • Special Keys: None
  • Tone Holes: Undercut
  • Pads: Double Skin
  • Springs: Blue Steel (French)
  • Includes: Deluxe Case / Ligature & Cap / Care Products
  • Crafted In: France
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Buffet CramponR13 Professional Bb Clarinet with Silver Plated Keys
 
4.7

(based on 13 reviews)

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The best clarinet you can own.

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...Read complete review

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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I would not buy this specific clarinet again.

This clarinet had very inconsistent tone. Lowest A and D were very weak. The rest of the notes were outstandingly great in tone quality. They clearly popped with a tubular wood sound. I...Read complete review

This clarinet had very inconsistent tone. Lowest A and D were very weak. The rest of the notes were outstandingly great in tone quality. They clearly popped with a tubular wood sound. I am exchanging this horn for a much higher priced and quality instrument.

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5.0

Worth the Drawbacks

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from Kingston NY

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

A Selmer instrument, in my opinion, has good intonation in all registers. Their Series 10 is a solid instrument with a wonderfully bright tone, perfect for bass or Gershwin. Leblanc has some wonderful instruments as well, my favorite being the Pete Fountain. It has a very flexible response to embrochure and tone bending and I would highly recommend it highly. Then there is the Buffet R 13. It is highly recommended that you purchase one from a dealer who will allow you to try several before purchasing it. I have found this instrument to be uneven in intonation in the throats register and needs to be carefully coaxed into higher registers. The main thing to keep in mind with the Buffet though is that when I play it, something just "happens." It provides a tone quality that allows for deeply complex musical expression that makes me forget the problems you may encounter. If I could sleep with it under my pillow I would. I'm not kidding. If you are up to the challenge of making this instrument a part of your musical performing experience, you will not be disappointed.

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1.0

I would not buy this specific clarinet again.

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from Washington

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

      This clarinet had very inconsistent tone. Lowest A and D were very weak. The rest of the notes were outstandingly great in tone quality. They clearly popped with a tubular wood sound. I am exchanging this horn for a much higher priced and quality instrument.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great clarinet

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      from Manitou Springs, CO

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

      My daughter had her eye on this model for a while. I tired talking her out of it and go to the equivalent professional clarinet from Yamaha that cost HALF, but...2 months ago we purchased her this clarinet with the silver plated keys. We bought and paid for a NEW clarinet, not the open box units or the used ones (which cost less) available at the WWBW site. It turns out we received a used/open box instrument that had a bad key and did not play or sound right. No manufacturer warranty card was included, only a "Shop Check - Play Test" card saying the clarinet was "playing according to the manufacturer's specifications". Right. Not sure how this clarinet passed the "play test" to be honest. A local store confirmed the instrument we received was used and had been previously (badly) serviced. The manufacturing date on the outside cardboard box was July 9, 2014!! I will never know if this was an honest mistake or if WWBW did not have any new units and decided to send us something else, but to WWBW credit they did accept the return and I bought another R13 clarinet which they delivered the next day. The second one appears to be brand new and what a night and day difference from the first one ! This one was manufactured Nov 4 2016 and contained a WARRANTY CARD, so indeed it appears to have just arrived at the US warehouse. This is a keeper and played awesome right out of the box, as one would expect. Too bad this purchasing experience was marred by the first instrument, but that has nothing to do with the clarinet itself - my daughter said the R13 is a joy to play and a light year improvement over the 58 year old Normandy she was playing before (purchased used from a friend!) - Highly recommend the R13. Regarding WWBW, I recommend you carefully inspect what you receive and get back to them within the first 45 days if anything looks suspicious.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Astonisingly Beautiful!

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      from Houston, Texas

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

      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!

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing. simpy amazing

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      from poulsbo, Wa

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

      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.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Totally Awesome

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      from forest, ca

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

      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.

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Clarinet!

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      from Texas

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

      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.

      (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wonderful! gorgeous sound!

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      from Norwalk, CT

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

      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!

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The best

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      from Tacoma, Washington

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

      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.

      (13 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      AMAZING-BEST OF THE BEST

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      from Woodruff, SC

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

      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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