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Buffet Crampon Prestige R13 Bb Clarinet   

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The Buffet R-13 clarinet has a 40-year history of quality and craftsmanship. From the wind ensembles to the great symphony orchestras, it is the benc...Read More

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An artisan-level instrument, truly a masterwork.

The Buffet R-13 clarinet has a 40-year history of quality and craftsmanship. From the wind ensembles to the great symphony orchestras, it is the benchmark in clarinet manufacturing. Crafted in high-quality grenadilla wood to ensure evenness of tone and response. The R-13's 3-step polycyndrical bore is noted for its dark, full sound.

Most clarinetists purchasing an instrument with this level of distinction have particular preferences in terms of mouthpieces, so the Tosca Bb Clarinet is priced and shipped without one. A fine quality French-made HB ligature is included. The HB is a silver-plated metal ligature that is very easy-blowing and provides a round, centered and brilliant sound as well as a superior detaché in the upper register. NOTE: Buffet does not include a mouthpiece with this instrument.

  • Finest materials and workmanship
  • Impeccable tone and mechanics
  • Timeless design
  • Top quality case and ligature included

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Prestige R13 Bb Clarinet

  • Key: Bb
    Pitch: 440 Hz
    Body: natural African blackwood
    Bore: poly-cylindrical according to the Buffet Crampon method
    Bell: special Prestige bore
    Tenons: metal-capped
    Keys: 18
    Rings: 6
    Thumb rest: adjustable
    Eb lever: included
    Keywork finish: silver-plated
    Keywork and mechanics: forged keys, copper plated then silver plated according the Buffet Crampon method
    Springs: blue steel springs for ease and accuracy of key movement
    Pads: 100 % waterproof materials (GT)

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome Clarinet

By Charles D.

from Mission Viejo, CA

Didn't buy it from this website, but I would just like to say that this is DEFINITELY the best clarinet out there. No clarinet beats it. The transitions between notes, octaves, and even going over breaks is beautiful. It produces some of the best tone, especially with a crystal mouthpiece. To any serious clarinet player: You will not regret getting this clarinet

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


The Best You Can Get!!

By Hanuh

from Peoria, IL

I love this Clarinet so much. It plays wonderfully and I get compliments on my tone quailty all the time. I used to play on a yahama plastic clarinet and I tried to play it the other day and it is 100 times harder to play then my Buffet and it sounds horrible compared to it. I suggest this clainet to anyone who is really serious about playing. It is the Best!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Best Buffet I have ever played

By clarinet man

from Clevland, Ohio

This is the best clarinet i have ever touched!!! If you are thinking about upgrading, this is the clarinet I wish I could have had it ten years ago.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Simply the Best

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

There really isn't much to be said. This is one of the best clarinets on the planet. Tone is excellent. Transitions are seamless. I have been playing one for 10+ years, along with my prized Selmer Series 9A (Jazz clarinet, narrow bore). The larger bore of the Buffet makes it easier to play. I typically used 3.5 or 4 reeds with the Buffet. This clarinet in the right hands can truly sound magical. I would highly recommend it to anyone who has decided they are committed to playing the clarinet for years to come. It is a very worthwhile investment.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)



By Gary-DMmyc

from West Virginia

I have played clarinet for around 11 years and played a MILLION different horns. The Pretige was the best one I had EVER purchased. Recently thought, I had it stolen. I can not afford another one, but I have to say, no other clarinets response is as great at this one, both in the high and low registers. You wont regret purchasing one.

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