About the model The Legendary Choice of Professionals was created in 1955 by Robert Carre and is the most popular professional clarinet in the world. Its tone is focused and rich, and it is powerful in all registers.
Its flexibility lends itself to all repertoires: symphonies or chamber music, soloists, teachers, military bands, students or amateurs.
Lohff & Pfeiffer comments to the model The Buffet Crampon R13 is a professional clarinet and was introduced in 1956 as one of the first poly-cylindrical bored clarinets. It became the prototype of all modern clarinets and is now available in many different variations.
The R13 has changed considerably over the years, from a very narrow 14.4mm bore to a 14.6mm bore. Today, it is primarily marketed in the US, England and the far east. The upgraded altered versions, like the Festivals, Tosca, Vintage, Traditions, and Legendes are now played by musicians all over the world. It is used by musicians of all musical styles and should be considered as professional as their more expensive upgrades despite its lower price tag.
All of these models are considered small-bore instruments and have in common, a dark, warm, focused sound with good projection. The sound color varies depending on the individual bore-shape-proportion. The narrow bore is also responsible for the higher resistance a player will feel, compared with wide-bored instruments. Looking at instruments over a period of 7 decades, It should also be mentioned, that older instruments have changed considerably over their lifespan. The bore on older instruments increased over the years. The thousand of times these instruments have been swabbed increase the inner diameter of the bore and causes often a higher pitch and open sound.
See also Clarinet bores and sounds.
The R13 is available in many variations. First of all you can choose between or silver-plated keys. Players with nickel allergies should choose the silver-plated version. We also offer an additional nickel protection on top of the plating for players who prefer the smooth nickel feeling preventing them from getting in touch with the nickel.
We noticed also that lately, the nickel playing isn't as durable as it used to be. Many instruments look old and warn already after very few years. Our recommendation is therefore to avoid theses and rather take the silverplated ones. In some countries will the price be slightly higher but on the long-run, a much better investment since the instrument will hold it values much longer.
See also: LP nickel protection.
The R13, as well as the RC-models are available in African Blackwood with black stained surface to give them an even look, independent from the original color of the different body parts. This has no influence on the sound.
They are also available in crack preventing Greenline material. For players, who prefer the original wood, but like a reduced risk of cracking, Lohff & Pfeiffer offer the tone hole crack prevention for all wooden instruments as an option.
See also: LP Tone hole crack prevention.
NEW,Since 2016 are all Buffet Pro-clarinets equipped with an adjusting screw for the left-hand F/C key. This enables the player to adjust occurring disturbing key-play on that key. Lohff and Pfeiffer offer this feature since the 80th as an option also for older instruments.
Attention! The R13 is the only modern Buffet model, which never had a particular R13 Logo. This can cause sometimes problems to determine which model it really is. Older E11 models can easily be mistaken as an R13 after the logo has vanished since it was only printed onto their bodies. If in doubt, check out the form of the left-hand e-B and C-F lever as well as the serial number font. E11s have a very tiny font compared to the much bigger R13 font.
The R13 was made in many different key constellations. The most known one, and still available is the left hand Eb/Ab lever. Lohff & Pfeiffer can also add it afterward. .
You might sometime find R 13 clarinets with more keys then you are used to. They were made with additional trill keys like the 19 or 22 key models. A very peculiar one is the 24 key full Boehm instrument. It is a Bb clarinet with the low Eb extension. It allowed players to play the A clarinet voice on a Bb clarinet. It was a cost-efficient solution for many players because they could play the Bb as well as the A voice on just one instrument. They just had to transpose.
For additional options check out our options list at the bottom of this page.