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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000281.txt from 2001/05

From: <rkabear@-----.net>
Subj: [kl] buffet clarinets
Date: Thu, 10 May 2001 15:52:29 -0400

Ragnhild,

I'm playing on RC Prestige clarinets and love them! The extra Eb/Ab alter=
nate
key is great. The prestige wood is stronger and more dense, since it is c=
ut
out of a more select, older, longer seasoned wood. The wood makes the sou=
nd
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=
's
about $800 US more than the regular R13 or RC counterpart. I personnaly t=
hink
it is worth it. Try a new RC up to a new Prestige RC and see if you don't=
feel
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=
ical
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=
ble.

The B12 is a plastic/resin clarinet for beginners. It is made in Germany,=
not
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=
nsive
than it's beginner equivalent counterparts in LeBlanc, Yamaha, and Selmer=

(over $100 difference in some cases.)

Ragnhild <rkbrek99@-----.no> 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=
rd
> mentioned a couple Buffet models i've never heard of before .. ignorant=

> little me..lol So I was wondering if someone might be able to enlighten=
me
> 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=
ppy
> 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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