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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001212.txt from 1999/07

Subj: [kl] Re: klarinet Digest 30 Jul 1999 08:15:01 -0000 Issue 1608
Date: Fri, 30 Jul 1999 09:47:21 -0400

In a message dated 30/07/99 03:13:27 Central Daylight Time, writes:

I'm looking to buy a new clarinet. My main requirements are that it should

1)free blowing
2)play in tune
3)have a lyrical quality.

Does anyone have an opinion on the Buffet Vintage R13?

In a message dated 4/30/99 8:56:38 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< In a message to Francois Kloc from Alvin Swiney, Mr. Swiney states
according to Hans Moennig, the original design of the 22,000 series R-13
Buffet that Ralph McLane used did play in tune from the factory without
extensive set up work." The 22,000 series Buffets were made in the 1936-37


Buffet internet site advises:

The Buffet R-13 clarinet has been manufactured for nearly 40 years and its
tradition of quality is unsurpassed. Like all successful products, the R-13
has gone through its share of changes, but the original R-13 of the 1950's
still represents the benchmark in the manufacture of quality professional
clarinets. With this in mind, Buffet created (or recreated) the R-13 Vintage
clarinet, based on the specifications of the original R-13.

Francois Kloc or Alvin Swiney or anyone?

Note: I'm aware the first and best option is to go out and play them myself.
However, I have only been able to locate one in Sydney. Not a very
satisfactory sample size to form an opinion. Therefore, the choice ends up
being between the 5 clarinets in the store which is usually one each of an
R13, maybe a R13 greenline, RC, Prestige and a Festival.

David Pegrem

Dear David,

For the playing experience with the R13 Vintage I will leave that to players
on the list who tried the Vintage and may have different opinion wich will
help you in a way I am sure. When Buffet decided to design the Vintage it was
bases on the requests and comments North American players made to Rene
Lesieux when he came in the states 4 years ago do a tour. When he get back to
the factory with is notes he decided to design a clarinet based on the
specifications players gave to him. Most of those players plays or played an
early made R13 (1950') and wanted to have the feeling of those early series
put into a new designed instrument. it is what Rene did the Vintage bore
design is based on the R13 of course with the entry cone reduced the cylinder
are 14.62mm instead of 14.64mm (R13,RC,Festival,Prestiges) we moved the
twelves register tube !1 mm higher and put a bell 1 mm longer wich balance
the twelves nicely. C#/G# tone hole position is 1 mm higher,A/Ab tone holes
design is more cylindrical @-----. The over all of this
instrument is I think a more focused and centered sound with a warm tone. I
leave the more professional players than me give you their opinion.

Musically Yours

Francois Kloc
Woodwind Product Specialist
Boosey & Hawkes Musical Instruments Inc.

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