Buffet B12 clarinet for students. Includes backpack case, valuable lesson books, and new reeds. Bought from Paul Ryan wind instruments in Temple Bar. Books alone worth €90 Pack of 10 reeds worth €30 (2 missing) Throughout its life the Buffet B12 has been through some changes. Some of you will remember the first models produced with a shiny black finish. These instruments were born from the original Evette & Schaeffer model clarinets and whilst being good student models they do look a little dated now when you see them. The fact is though, you do still see them in use! So, they must have been doing something right, German engineering usually guarantees that. German engineering, of course the French company Buffet are the B12 ‘owners’ but the manufacturing has always been done away from the Buffet Paris factory where they concentrate on the wooden models. As the B12 matured the introduction of a different manufacturing process and advanced finishing techniques made the instrument look and play more like a wooden instrument. But why has it been the top selling instrument for so many years? Well,you have to admit it is very easy for beginners to play, the bore design, key layout and mouthpieceall combine to make a free blowing instrument with decent tuning. Also the keywork seems to stand up to child useage. Sure, there has been some technical points they’ve had to improve over the years but most teachers would agree the Buffet B12 is a safe place to start.
However, everything changes and this time is an important one for Buffet and their B12…The market is changing and with the emergence of cheaper student instruments can the Buffet hold its own and continue to provide a step-above in quality of build and sound? The vast swathes of students starting on the B12 must have helped with Buffets intermediate and pro