Buffet Crampon Clarinets
Buffet Crampon Clarinets
The Kings of the Clarinet World
Buffet Crampon makes some of the most popular clarinet models and, as a result,
sells the lion’s share of clarinets to musicians. Throughout its history, Buffet
Crampon has also provided musicians at every level with the most complete range
of clarinets. Buffet Crampon instruments are known for features and innovations
inspired by the exacting requirements of the people who know instruments:
musicians, conductors, music instructors, band directors, and composers.
that Buffet Crampon built a larger factory to keep up with demand. This increase
in manufacturing capacity allowed Buffet Crampon to expand into producing
saxophones as well as clarinets.
Back in 1825—a time when skilled craftsmen made clarinets entirely by hand—
Denis Buffet-Auger developed a quality 13-key clarinet in his Paris workshop.
Denis’s son Jean-Louis Buffet followed in his father’s footsteps as a musical
instrument artisan. When in 1836 Denis married Zoe Crampon and took over the
business, he gave it the Buffet Crampon name.
Musical instrument manufacturing techniques have changed significantly since
those earlier days, but the tradition of craftsmanship inaugurated by Denis BuffetAuger and carried on by his son Jean-Louis remains a Buffet Crampon hallmark.
Many design ideas that have gone into Buffet Crampon clarinets have come from
virtuoso musicians requesting improvements in their instruments. An example
of this is Paris Conservatory of Music instructor Hyacinthe Klosé’s suggestion
that Buffet Crampon adapt the moveable rings used on flutes to the clarinet.
This successful new clarinet system, first exhibited in 1839, proved so popular
Buffet Crampon R13 Clarinets:
The Professional’s Choice
Buffet Crampon professional instruments like the R13 Clarinet are still
made in the fine French musical instrument tradition at the company’s
historical production site in Mantes-la-Ville, France. Designer Robert Caré
originally developed the Buffet Crampon R13 Clarinet in the 1950s, and
since then this highly popular clarinet has been improved and upgraded
while remaining a favorite with both professional and advanced amateur
In the 1970s some of the R13 Clarinet’s tone holes and keys were
moved and the register vent was enlarged and lowered to improve the
sound of a throat B♭. Following a revamping in 1995, the Buffet R13
has maintained its reputation as one of the most playable and best liked
clarinets on the market.
Among the qualities that have helped the Buffet Crampon R13 retain its
popularity is the horn’s reputation for superb construction and tone as
well as its ability to produce lively, rich, rounded, and powerful sound in
all registers. With all this marvelous sound, R13 Clarinets remain easy to
blow, earning the respect and appreciation of musicians.
Buffet Crampon makes most of their R13 Clarinets from grenadilla wood
that is selected for acoustic suitability as well as visual attractiveness.
To retain and display the beauty of this wood, some R13 models are not
stained. A recent innovation has been the introduction of R13 Clarinets
made with Buffet Crampon’s proprietary Greenline. This material,
introduced in 1994, is made by bonding ebony wood powder and carbon
fiber. The result is a melding of the acoustic qualities of wood with an
ability to withstand changes in temperature and humidity. The resulting
Buffet Crampon Greenline Clarinets are not only more durable and
resistant to cracks, but they also help make the rare grenadilla wood go
R13 Clarinets are available with either silver-plated or nickel-plated keys,
each offering their own different, unique tonal sound. The Buffet Crampon
R13 Prestige Clarinet has an added alternate left-hand E♭ / A♭ lever and
is made from the best unstained wood by Buffet’s most experienced
and successful craftsmen. The R13 Festival Clarinet is similar to the R13
Prestige with a modified upper bore and a register key that is slightly
higher than on the standard R13. Another variation is the Buffet Crampon
R13 Vintage Clarinet with a bore closer to Robert Caré’s original design.
Buffet Crampon R13 Clarinets are suitable for all musicians: professionals, students,
amateurs, soloists, teachers, and those who perform in marching bands, symphony
orchestras, or chamber ensembles.
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Buffet Crampon instruments first reached the United States in 1918, making the
company a world leader in professional clarinets.
Today, the majority of clarinets in use by students and professional musicians alike
are Buffet Crampon instruments. The R13 and E11 Buffet Crampon clarinets are two
of their most popular. A large majority of professional clarinetists today purchase
Buffet Crampon R13s. Among those who purchase intermediate clarinets, a good
number of them choose a Buffet Crampon E11 model. Other popular Buffet Crampon
clarinets include the B10 and B12 student models.
Buffet Crampon E11 France B♭ Clarinet:
Step Up to a Quality Instrument
For those who insist on the quality of a Buffet Crampon clarinet while
needing to stick to a budget, the Buffet Crampon E11 France B♭
instrument solves the problem.
The Buffet Crampon E11 Clarinet is a widely recommended
instrument for intermediate players that has been popular with music
instructors for many years. When a clarinet student graduates from
his or her beginner instrument—one usually made of plastic—to a
wooden intermediate clarinet, the Buffet Crampon E11 is the clarinet
most commonly suggested for serious consideration.
Students stepping up from a plastic clarinet may feel that their
Buffet Crampon E11 Clarinet takes them most of the way to a
professional-quality instrument. Attention to detail—where topquality instruments distinguish themselves from lesser clarinets—
is outstanding in the design and assembly of the E11. For example,
the E11 clarinet’s toneholes are undercut—a Buffet Crampon
innovation that improves tone and creates faster response. The
Boehm-system keys are forged, not stamped. Then they are
copper-plated and finally, they are silver-plated using a method
developed by Buffet Crampon.
The E11 Clarinet’s key movement is made precise and easy by the
use of pointed stainless steel needle springs rather than springs
of lesser quality. You’ll notice the difference when performing
rapid phrases. Even the E11 Clarinet’s pads are superior. They are
fashioned from double fish skin, a premium choice in clarinet pad
material that insures excellent air sealing. You’ll find that the E11
Clarinet’s intonation is fantastic even for the throat tones B♭ and A.
The grenadilla wood E11 Buffet Clarinet was made until recently
at the Buffet Crampon factory in Germany. Now Buffet Crampon
offers E11 clarinets made in France—where Buffet’s professional
instruments are crafted.
The E11 France B♭ Clarinet has a new bore inspired by Buffet Crampon’s
professional clarinets, but adapted for student players. The expert craftsmen of
Buffet Crampon use unstained African blackwood to fashion the B♭ France Clarinet.
After shaping, the durable wood is treated and lacquered by hand for protection
and to ensure years of trustworthy use. The new E11 France B♭ Clarinet, with
its ringless bell, is equipped with a new model Buffet Crampon mouthpiece and a
Vandoren reed and is delivered in an ergonomic, practical, and protective backpack.
Buffet Crampon E11 Clarinets are intermediate instruments of truly outstanding
quality on which any budding musician would be proud to perform.
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The Kings of the Clarinet World Continued
Buffet Crampon B12 Student Clarinet:
Features of More Expensive Clarinets with
Playability from the First Note
First notes and the feel of an instrument are very important for
a beginning musician. They help with the ability to develop acoustic
capabilities as well as enhancing future artistic development. In
this regard, getting the best instrument you or your students can
afford will encourage good playing technique and avoid developing
For budding musicians on a budget, the Buffet Crampon B♭ B12
Clarinet incorporates some of the features of the world’s most popular
clarinet—the Buffet Crampon R13—at a price that will delight parents
and not over burden school music programs.
Buffet Crampon B12 Clarinets are made to meet the needs and
demanding usage of beginners using an ABS compound that gives the
horn an appearance and sound that are similar to that of the genuine
grenadilla wood used on the higher-priced Buffet R13 clarinets. ABS
resin makes the B12 Clarinet lightweight, strong and easy to clean—a
great combination for even very young performers.
With the B12 Clarinet, Buffet Crampon has gone for a traditional look
with nickel-plated body rings, straight keywork, and the bell ring you’d
expect on a classic instrument. To enhance the clarinet body’s woodlike appearance, Buffet Crampon gives it a special final buffing.
Buffet Crampon cold forges the B12 Clarinet’s nickel-silver
keywork then cold solders it for the greatest stability, precision,
and quality. Other quality features include double fish skin pads
for an excellent air seal and undercut toneholes for improved tone and
Buffet Crampon enhances all its student clarinet models with an
adjustable thumb rest for correct and comfortable positioning—
even for beginners—and a neck strap ring for convenience. But unlike
its student clarinets, the B♭ B12 Clarinet gets arched key cups and
staggered trill keys—professional details also found on
the Buffet R13 horn.
Buffet Crampon delivers the B12 Student Clarinet in a fabric-covered
hard shell case and equips it with a Buffet Crampon mouthpiece and
ligature so young musicians can get started pursuing their musical
dreams right away.
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Buffet Crampon B10 Student Clarinet:
Get Started Right with a Quality Clarinet
As a student musician, it’s important to start on a well-constructed
instrument to build on a foundation of good habits and avoid
developing bad ones. For the beginning clarinetist on a budget,
it’s good to know that a quality instrument is available at a very
reasonable price in the Buffet Crampon B10 Student Clarinet.
Made to be durable and resilient, the B♭ B10 Clarinet is impervious
to both humidity and temperature thanks to its ABS resin body.
This will reassure the parents of a marching band student that this
instrument has what it takes to last, and make the Buffet Crampon
B10 an ideal clarinet for school music programs. Beginners will find
that the fit and finish of the B10 Clarinet give it a great feel in their
hands—helping to build confidence.
But what good is a clarinet if it doesn’t produce the right sound?
Thanks to its specially formulated ABS compound, the Buffet
Crampon B10 is built to yield sound equivalent to the grenadilla
wood used in more expensive clarinets. But the B10 Clarinet’s ABS
is also lightweight, another plus for beginners and young musicians.
Even very young players will find that their Buffet Crampon
B10 Clarinet is easy to maintain, again thanks to its thoughtful
The attractive B10 Clarinet boasts a modern design highlighted by
black body rings, straight keywork and a handsome ringless bell.
Another typical Buffet Crampon touch is a final buffing that gives the
body a wood-like appearance.
Buffet Crampon cold forges the B10 Clarinet’s nickel-silver keywork
then induction solders all joints to assure that they are stable and
will require minimal maintenance in the future. Workmanship is
precise and quality is evident from the undercut toneholes—for
improved tone and faster response—to the Valentino pads—for
Despite the Buffet Crampon B♭ B10 Clarinet being a student model,
it is delivered with an adjustable thumb rest for correct and
comfortable positioning and a handy neck strap ring. That plus
the ergonomic key design will help give budding musicians the
confidence they need along with pride in their Buffet Crampon
instrument that will help keep