The Buffet E12F is a justifiably popular clarinet model. It directly replaced the Buffet E11 and is expertly crafted out of solid Grenadilla wood in the Buffet Crampon workshops in France. Like the Yamaha YCL450, the E12F takes some design cues from models higher up in the Buffet range, but manages to remain exceptional overall value for money. This instrument is perfect for those moving on from that first clarinet, (which was probably a Buffet B12), onto an instrument more suited to the requirements of those higher grades.
Design and manufacturing quality are very evident with this model, the 17 keys are crafted onto a unique bore design with the solid wood having been treated and lacquered for maximum protection against humidity change. The forged keys are coppered and silvered to give a smooth and solid playing surface. The action is responsive and incorporates blue steel springs with leather pads finishing everything off nicely providing that all important seal. The instrument is also made using screwed pillars which makes the whole clarinet much more sturdy and long lasting.
Unlike the Yamaha YCL450, this model does have an adjustable thumb rest with a ring suitable for a neck strap. All in all this model is priced competitively, has characteristics that you might associate with much more expensive instruments but above all plays beautifully.
The Buffet E12 comes complete with a back pack style case with accessory pocket, Buffet mouthpiece, ligature and cleaning materials.
- Natural grenadilla, treated and lacquered for optimal protection. Produces the finest and most balanced sound projection
- Unique bore design
- 17 keys, 6 rings
- Adjustable thumb rest with ring for neck strap
- Forged keys, coppered and silvered
- Blue steel springs
- Leather pads
- Screwed pillars
- Vandoren Reed
- Buffet Crampon Mouthpiece
- BG Swab
- Cork Grease
- Buffet Back Pack Style Case