Samples of music featuring the Buffet R13 Bb and A clarinets I have for sale

Below are samples of the B flat and A Buffet clarinets for sale.

If you are interested in this set, let me know. I will consider selling separate after I see what the best set price is. I will not sell set for less than $2900. Separate prices will probably be higher, $1500 for the Bb and 1600 for the A. To see the Ebay listing of these instruments, and to bid on them, please click HERE.

Just yesterday I recorded a quick test of 3 Bb clarinets: my great old R13; a gorgeous new Festival I am thinking of buying; and the vintage '71 I have for sale. You will hear how good the '71 tone is, easily as good as the other 2. This is the kind of horn the new "Vintage" style is based on.

The reason I'm selling it? I need a new instrument with a left G#/D# key, and which is a little better in tune than the standard R13, so I am buying the Festival. The reason I'm not selling my great old R13 is that it has a bigger core of sound (for orchestral playing) than the '71.

Here is the 3 minute test with samples of all 3 B flat clarinets. I spoke the name of the clarinet SOO softly, that I had to jack up the volume in those spots, but you can heart that I say "'71" or Festival or "my R13".

I think the '71 has more "core" volume than the Festival, but I am hoping the Festival will open up just a tad as I play it in.

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The A clarinet is an instrument I have used in numerous Mozart Concerto and Quintet performances. It's a great horn.

Again, I'm selling because I found a new one. Here is a sample of the A in the Mozart Quintet.

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6 comments for “Samples of music featuring the Buffet R13 Bb and A clarinets I have for sale

  1. Lee
    May 2, 2011 at

    Beautiful instrument they should sell very quickly.

    • May 20, 2011 at

      Thank you. The Buffets sold quickly. But the equally beautiful Selmers have not. Please spread the word. Thanks. David

  2. April 8, 2011 at

    Hi David. I’m sorry you’re having to sell: when you’ve played an instrument for a while, there’s a bond that’s hard to break. Apart from sentiment, you might always change your mind. Some while ago, I spent a couple of years playing B+H 1010s, with my Buffets in the cupboard. But in the end I realised it wasn’t working and was happy to change back. Conversely, I know a 1010 player who sold up to swap to Buffets – and a year later had to buy his 1010s back for more than he sold them for.

    With that preamble, I do have to say I prefer the sound of the 1971 instrument, and like the festival least. As usual, words don’t work well with this: 1971 is smoother, richer – a more solid sound, if that makes any sense. In comparison, the festival seems more lightweight. I’m lucky enough to have 1959 and 1982 R13’s, and I hear the same difference in sound in favour of 1959. How old is your “old” R13?

    • April 12, 2011 at

      John, unfortunately the 71 is gone. And I think the Festival will come around. I still need to get the right barrel and reed strength for it.

  3. Al Miller
    April 5, 2011 at

    Excellent tone! Out of curiosity, what mouthpieces and reeds are/were used with these Buffets?

    • April 12, 2011 at

      Hi Al, sorry for the late reply. I used a refaced Zinner with a Legere reed. I also switched to a wood mouthpiece half way through.

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