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 New Buffet Festival
Author: ruben 
Date:   2024-06-19 23:32

Buffet-thirty or so years later-has come out with a new model of their Festival. They say they've kept the same bore, lengthened the bottom body in order to improve intonation on a couple of notes and shortened the bell. The vent tube-register keyhole-is also slightly protuberant now. I've never played Buffet on a regular basis, but I like the Festival, which I find very open and flexible.

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 Re: New Buffet Festival
Author: donald 
Date:   2024-06-20 10:24

My favourite Buffet too. I recall Mr deKant telling me in 1998 that he thought the Festival A was better than the Festival Bb, but sadly I've never managed to own a REALLY GOOD Festival A clarinet. Frank Celata has let me play his a couple of times, and it's beautiful so I know they exist!

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 Re: New Buffet Festival
Author: ruben 
Date:   2024-06-20 16:45

Nicolas Baldeyrou-a Buffet tester and great clarinetist-plays Festival A made of ebony; B-flat is Greenline. I find the Festival more open and flexible than the RC and R13. Does it have a slightly larger bore?

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 Re: New Buffet Festival
Author: m1964 
Date:   2024-06-22 00:20

I found no difference in resistance or response between Festival and RC Prestige A clarinets. The RC Prestige, however, did have more pleasant and rich tone so I sold the Festival. My choice of the model was confirmed by a very well known professional.

Not sure if it was an objective comparison. I chose my RC Prestige from two different instruments but the Festival I bought with no choice because the store had only one piece.
I do not think it is possible to make a fair comparison using one or two samples of each model. Maybe, go to a Buffet showroom where it (probably) would be possible to choose one out of 4-5 clarinets of each model, then compare them.

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 Re: New Buffet Festival
Author: Jeroen 
Date:   2024-06-22 14:02

I still find the Festival one of the best sounding clarinets from Buffet. The dark focused and rich sound with an excellent projection. In particular the Bb. I was not very lucky with the A that feeled stuffy and limiting to me.

But I never liked the way how Buffet tuned the Festival: right hand clarion notes c-d-e too high, upper left hand clarion too low and a low altissimo. They say the Festival was optimized for using the B40 mouthpiece. That could make sense.

So I am actually very interested in the new Festival. @Ruben, I don't see it on the Buffet Crampon website. How can you distinguish the new from the old Festival?

Jeroen



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 Re: New Buffet Festival
Author: ruben 
Date:   2024-06-22 15:19

Jeroen: I chanced upon a youtube video in which Nicolas Baldeyrou discusses the difference between the new and old Festival. He precisely discusses the right -hand clarion tones that were out of tune and how they have solved this problem by making the lower joint longer and shortening the bell. I suppose he is the tester. At least he actually uses the instruments he plugs, which is not the case with all testers!

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 Re: New Buffet Festival
Author: m1964 
Date:   2024-06-25 19:47

Hi Ruben,

Is this the YT video you watched?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we1xJQjx89w

Regarding the long (clarion) C, C#, D and Eb: I was able to improve the tuning of this notes on a regular R13 (s/n 440xxx) by decreasing the opening height of the Eb, F/C and E/B keys. You need to be careful not to make the above notes sound dull/stuffy. The keys opening height depends on what pad was used- the cup with non-shouldered pad can open a little less comparing to the cap with a shouldered pad.
Of course, the low F, F# and G will also be affected.
Another way would be to place some tape or nail polish on the insides of the corresponding tone holes.

If anyone has another method I'd like to know.

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 Re: New Buffet Festival
Author: ruben 
Date:   2024-06-30 17:02

Jeroen, As far as I know, Jacques Lancelot was the tester for the Buffet Festival and he used Vandoren 5RV, not B40. He had that very bright sound of French clarinetists of his era (Cahuzac was the exception).

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 Re: New Buffet Festival
Author: donald 
Date:   2024-06-30 18:12

I have played a Festival Bb as my primary instrument since 2008, the intonation has been greatly improved by using a 1mm tuning ring at the middle joint.
Some years back I owned a Festival A clarinet that had been tuned by Chadash (it came to me via a well known US Principal clarinettist). He had fitted it with a longer barrel, then shortened the lower joint slightly and opened up toneholes to bring it up to pitch. It played pretty well in tune, but for some reason I sold it. I can't remember why, I think it ranks as one of the stupidest things I've done (though, selling the Moennig adjusted R13 probably WAS dumber!).
[edit, the tuning ring at the middle joint is 2mm not 1mm]



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 Re: New Buffet Festival
Author: paulyb 
Date:   2024-07-13 13:06

It's interesting that they have extended the bottom joint even more - this interview with current and former Buffet staff (in French but easily translatable via Google) mentions that the original Festival design involved extending the bottom joint of the R13:

https://rp-archivesmusiquefacteurs.blogspot.com/2015/03/2eme-partie-les-clarinettes-actuelles.html

It also mentions that the Festival testers were Jacques Lancelot, Michel Arrignon and Guy Deplus who have / had quite varying styles (though it doesn't mention which, if any, had the most input). The involvement of Deplus may be where the B40 theory comes from - I have heard that he was involved in the design of the B40.

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