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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000281.txt from 2001/05

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Subj: [kl] buffet clarinets
Date: Thu, 10 May 2001 15:52:29 -0400


I'm playing on RC Prestige clarinets and love them! The extra Eb/Ab alter=
key is great. The prestige wood is stronger and more dense, since it is c=
out of a more select, older, longer seasoned wood. The wood makes the sou=
more present/more intense (not necessarily more bright or more dark, etc.=
and the wood is less likely to crack. It does have a price tag though. It=
about $800 US more than the regular R13 or RC counterpart. I personnaly t=
it is worth it. Try a new RC up to a new Prestige RC and see if you don't=
the difference in playing quality.

Here's some info about the other Buffet clarinets you asked about.

The R13 is a professional level instrument, made in France, which comes i=
n a
regular model and a prestige model like the RC. The R13 has a polycylindr=
bore that is smaller than the RC. The R13 is very popular in the United
States, but is less popular in other parts of the world. The R13 is close=
r to
the "Festival" model than the RC, if you have the "Festival" model availa=

The B12 is a plastic/resin clarinet for beginners. It is made in Germany,=
in France. It has undercut tone holes, and nice keywork, but I am not
impressed by the sound and ease of playing for a student. It is more expe=
than it's beginner equivalent counterparts in LeBlanc, Yamaha, and Selmer=

(over $100 difference in some cases.)

Ragnhild <> wrote:
> Hi!
> =

> In this discussion on which clarinet brands and models to choose for
> beginners and in a discussion on another clarinet list I'm on, I've hea=
> mentioned a couple Buffet models i've never heard of before .. ignorant=

> little So I was wondering if someone might be able to enlighten=
> a bit on the Buffet R-13 and B-12 (i think that was it..) models. The
> Buffet models I had heard of are E-111, E-113, RC and RC Prestige (and
> maybe one even "higher"?) I have a Buffet RC myself, which I am very ha=
> with, thinking of getting a Prestige model some time soon. Any input on=

> that as well, while "I'm at it"? Thanks!
> =

> Ragnhild

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