The Buffet R13 Bb clarinet is probably the most popular and well regarded professional instrument available today. Originally designed by Robert Carrée in 1955, the model quickly garnered an enviable reputation and has been continually developed and improved since. This clarinet is now better than ever- it has a superb tone quality, is consistently reliable and with the right mouthpiece combination it offers a stellar performance.
Buffet Crampon has created some of the most impressive instruments in the world. They have been manufacturing musical instruments for nearly two centuries, and maintain high levels of quality, tradition, and excellence in their instrument designs. The R13 Clarinet is appreciated worldwide by accomplished clarinettists including Stanley Drucker, Mark Nuccio, members of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana, plus many more.
The Buffet R13 is a completely hand crafted clarinet. It is produced from high quality, carefully selected African hardwood which is treated and stained to give a fantastic look and feel. It has power forged keys which are pre-plated in copper and then silver plated along with blue steel springs which produces a quick, efficient and responsive action. The bore is poly cylindrical and is hand burnished which assists in overall projection of sound whilst helping also with the general intonation. It is an instrument that is well known to give a bright, clear sound that works well in a number of musical settings.
It is worth mentioning that this instrument does not come with a mouthpiece as standard. This is generally because at this level mouthpieces are very personal and a player will often have more than one. We do have a selection of mouthpieces available; please see the accessories section on the right hand side of this page.
This clarinet outfit comes with a superb leather covered double case so there is enough room for an A clarinet as well, Buffet 'Harmony' ligature and cap and cleaning accessories. All of our brass and woodwind instruments are set-up by our in-house technician prior to dispatch, which ensures that your instrument is ready to play straight from the box.
- Hand-selected Grenadilla-wood body
- Power forged keywork, preplated in copper and finished in silver plate
- 0.925 solid bell ring
- Blue steel springs
- Adjustable thumb rest
- Undercut tone holes
- Poly-cylindrical bore