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 Re: Buffet Designers Discuss the History of the Buffet Clarinet and Give Reasons for Each Design
Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2018-02-01 17:38

Yes, good old "Robert Square." Just a few of the revelations are that Buffet's recognition of the increasing number of women clarinetists prompted them to include a movable thumb rest, they originally intended the R13 Prestige model to be sold just on the Japanese market, the Tosca model was built to incorporate some of the tonal features of the modern German (read Sabine Meyer) clarinet (which means they hear that instrument as fuller toned with a complex overtone series rather than just dark and covered), they had hoped serious professionals would adopt the Elite model (whereas most American players considered it a boutique item for doctors and dentists and other affluent amateurs), they admit many flaws in their models such as the fragility of the Elite's thin walls and tenons and the BC20 problems with intonation, their remark about the Americans wanting a "loud and clear" instrument in the R13 shows that they see the American market as distinct and idiosyncratic, and their freely accept the fact that their profits derive mainly from sales to amateurs, students,and other non-professionals. Unlike Americans they do not seem to have a great deal of nostalgia for the older models and are very future oriented and interested in developing newer ones. They are candid enough in not claiming to have some grand physical theory for clarinet design and admit that they are empirical and pragmatically make changes in response to criticism and suggestions from players. Trial and error is a large part of the work they do. Also they pay close attention to what other manufacturers are doing and they knew who was designing and testing each model of Selmer and Leblanc clarinet. We can be sure from this that they are paying close attention to the clarinets made today by Yamaha and Backun (among others) and they intend to stay competitive.



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