Buffet Crampon is well known for their range of woodwind musical instruments, particularly for their clarinets. Established in 1825 in France, Buffet is the common choice for many professional musicians.
What is a clarinet?
A clarinet is a woodwind instrument that is distinguished by its long cylindrical shape, flared end and single-reed mouthpiece. It has the widest tone range of any wind instrument, spanning nearly 4 octaves with a huge dynamic range to back it up.
Why purchase a quality clarinet?
- Body material – The majority of clarinets are made from either plastic or wood. Plastic clarinets are long-lasting, harder to break and are considerably cheaper than other materials. Wooden clarinets, on the other hand, produce a far better clarity and quality of sound due to the distinct resonance that only wood can provide
- Keywork – The keywork on a clarinet will usually be plated with either nickel or silver. Nickel has the benefit of being harder wearing and more difficult to tarnish. Silver, on the other hand, is very aesthetically pleasing; highlighting the colours in the body. However, silver requires regular maintenance in order to prevent it from tarnishing
What to look out for
- Squeaking – If the instrument is squeaking and won't produce any tones then it is most likely that it has developed an air leak. These are usually caused by a loose screw in the mechanism
- Bent keys – This is a very simple issue to remedy as most keys are made from a pliable material. Gently bend the key in question back into place, taking time to inspect after each bend to ensure that the key isn't going to break. Should the key break then it will need to be repaired professionally
- Cracks in the body – If the body is made from plastic then it will probably be cheaper to get it replaced should you find cracks in the body. A professional will need to use special super glue that sinks deep into the cracks and holds them tight whilst also closing the cracks without damaging the joint.