Buffet Premium Student Clarinet
One of 2 Models that Replaces the Buffet B12 Clarinet
In 2016, Buffet discontinued the B12 student clarinet. The B12 has been replaced by 2 new Buffet Student Clarinet models: “Buffet Prodige” & “Buffet Premium”. The Buffet Prodige is not available for on-line sales but is limited to only “brick & mortar” stores (which we are), but the Buffet Premium will be available for on-line sales.
About the new Models
The 2 new models offer a new bore based on the renowned E13 model and is designed for a better playing student clarinet. The new body bores are made from ABS that is molded in France by Buffet. These bodies are then sent to Buffet’s facility in Germany (where the B12 was made and the E11 & E12F are made) where all of the toneholes and post holes are cut. Final assembly and padding is performed in Buffet’s new state of the art facility in Asia. They built this facility specifically for the new models and this process is NOT being outsourced to a generic facility that makes other clarinets. The difference between the 2 new models is as follows:
For a full review of the differences between the Buffet Studen Clarinet models, head over to Dave Kessler’s blog post that outlines all of the differences as well as the pros & cons of each of these: –click here to view blog post–
For a brief summary, the differences between the 2 new models is as follows:
- Buffet Prodige – Nickel Plated Keys, white leather pads, plastic case – Not Available for On-Line Sales
- Buffet Premium – Silver Plated Keys, traditional double bladder pads, backpack case – Available for On-Line Sales
Every clarinet we send out to a customer is not released from us unless it has been completely setup in our shop first. This is because the setup on your new Buffet Premium clarinet is of the utmost importance! Sometimes, a clarinet (regardless of who the manufacturer or the price point is) comes in needing 20 minutes of adjustments and then the very next one can require 2 hours!
This is why we perform our setup (in our www.ClarinetRepairs.com ProShop) on the Buffet Premium Clarinet before delivering it to you. You trust us with your purchase and we want to make sure that you are rewarded by giving you your new clarinet setup flawlessly!
Buffet Premium Specifications
|Bore||E13 Based Bore with Special Textured Interior Bell – Molded in France|
|Material||Brushed ABS Plastic|
|Key Style||Buffet Design, Silver Plated|
|Mouthpiece||Buffet Stock Mouthpiece|
|Barrel||Buffet Stock Barrel|
|Warranty||Buffet Warranty & Kessler 1 Year Shop Warranty|