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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000282.txt from 2001/05

From: Ragnhild <>
Subj: Re: [kl] buffet clarinets
Date: Thu, 10 May 2001 16:11:16 -0400

Thanks for answering my questions, I eally appreciate it! I am concidering
buying a Prestige model maybe next year, but there is, as you said, the
price tag.. it costs a lot of money! (which I don't ecaxtly have..) I would
really like to have the extra Eb-key, which I feel I almost miss now, have
needed it some times! I guess it'll take some work getting i "into" your
fingers, but i'd think it'd be worth it.
Thans again,

At 03:52 PM 5/10/01 EDT, you wrote:
>I'm playing on RC Prestige clarinets and love them! The extra Eb/Ab alternate
>key is great. The prestige wood is stronger and more dense, since it is cut
>out of a more select, older, longer seasoned wood. The wood makes the sound
>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 think
>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 in a
>regular model and a prestige model like the RC. The R13 has a polycylindrical
>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 closer to
>the "Festival" model than the RC, if you have the "Festival" model available.
>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
>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 heard
>> mentioned a couple Buffet models i've never heard of before .. ignorant
>> little 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 happy
>> 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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