Unstained Grenadilla (African Blackwood) Treated & Lacquered - Made in France. Buffet "R13 family" Poly-Cylindrical Bore with Undercut Tone Holes. Silver Plated Keys with Left Hand Eb/Ab Lever. 65mm (A442) and 66mm (A440) Festival Grenadilla Wood Barrel (unstained). The Buffet Festival clarinet was designed in 1987 and is based on the R13 bore.
Building on the R13, the Festival is noted for its wonderful tone, intonation and responsiveness. What is the difference between the Festival and the R13?
The Festival is best thought of in our mind as a more refined R13. There are several key differences in the Festival when compared to the R13. The Festival uses a premium, unstained Grenadilla compared to the dyed Grenadilla used on the R13. In the end, we do not feel that this has any true performance difference, but when you are paying a premium price, it is nice to be able to SEE the quality of the wood.
The wood used on the Festival is always gorgeous. The Festival adds on the auxiliary left hand Eb/Ab key. While this doesn't impact the sound of the clarinet, it can be a very helpful key as it simply gives you the ability to finger the note another way which can be beneficial in certain passages. Some players might not prefer the feel of the left hand pinky cluster due to this key however.Buffet did design the key mechanism so that it is easily removed by the user without impacting the clarinet's performance or other key mechanism. This is one of the bigger benefits in our opinion. The use of the GoreTex pads yields many additional benefits to the player. The GT pads seal better, acoustically absorb less (thus reflecting more sound out) and they also simply last longer than a traditional felt pad. This is a major improvement for the clarinet. The Festival uses a metal capped tenon design on all 3 tenons. This means that throughout the life of the clarinet, your joint fit continues to stay stable as sloppy clarinet technicians cannot sand down the edge of the tenon (like they can on a wood tenon) while changing your joint corks. The Festival includes a 65mm and 66mm barrel by default. Unstained Grenadilla - The Festival uses a premium, unstained Grenadilla compared to the dyed Grenadilla used on the R13. Left Hand Eb Lever - The Festival adds on the auxiliary left hand Eb/Ab key. Buffet did design the key mechanism so that it is easily removed by the user without impacting. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & DJ Equipment\Wind & Woodwind\Band & Orchestral\Clarinets". The seller is "dmaley" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.