Buffet Clarinet R13 Pair


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The current Buffet R13 clarinet was developed in 1995 with the help of long-time clarinet maker Robert Carre. He has a long history of working with Buffet and even has a model (the RC) named specifically for him.

While it incorporates many of the characteristics of the original R13 clarinets made in the 1950’s the current model does have some differences. The R13 family of clarinets, so-called because they share a bore design, is also available in other model designations, each said to have their own unique personality.

R13 Prestige

Another instrument currently available in the line of Buffet R13 clarinets is the Prestige. Made from premium quality wood and featuring silver plated keywork. Buffet Crampon describes it as for the virtuoso, and with a powerful sound and flexible tone.

R13 Festival

Buffet says the Festival is particularly suited to players who need to interpret a wide range of musical works.

R13 Greenline

Not a model in and of itself, but rather a material that is available with several R13 clarinets. The Greenline models are made through a process of combining granadilla wood powder with carbon fibers, a manufacturing process with two main benefits. It helps reduce use of the dwindling African granadilla wood sources, since small pieces that would otherwise be discarded can now be used. It also leads to a clarinet that holds up very well to changes in temperature and humidity, which are major causes of cracking in solid wood clarinets.



Buffet Crampon is firmly-fixed, through its history and its name, in the tradition of the manufacture of top of the range wind instruments.

Since 1825 the brand has developed around a know-how of exceptional instrument manufacture. This heritage remains the guarantee of recognition of their products “Made in France” and “Made in Germany".

This know-how is complex and valuable because it takes a long time to acquire and requires dedication and patience to pass on.

At Buffet Crampon, instrument makers frequently measure the training period in years. It involves the recruiting of young apprentices who are passionate about the instrument-making profession, ensuring Buffet has the means to pass on to them the taste for the exceptional work and putting them to work with experienced people so that they can gradually acquire and develop the apprenticeship received.

This know-how allows the identity and memory of all the instruments to be forged.

Thus for nearly 200 years, musicians have continued to find artistic excellence and the passion of music with Buffet Crampon instruments. In a collusive and intuitive dialogue with the most renowned artists, the brand’s ambition is to combine tradition with modernity, know-how with creation, history with innovation, in order to offer wind instruments of reference.