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The buffet Crampon B12 is a very well made beginner clarinet. I recommend this clarinet to most of my beginner students as it is well made and can produce a nice mellow tone. I have tried many other clarinet makes and have always preferred the Buffet clarinets. When I needed to upgrade for my university studies I tried lots of different makes of clarinet but Buffet won every time. I still play on a Buffet and have stuck with them for years now.
If you are able to buy a buffet for a beginner then I really would recommend it. Yes, you can purchase cheaper instruments but sooner or later something will go wrong and students may loose interest as they feel that they can not master the instrument when really there is a problem with the instrument they are trying to play. Go for an instrument from a very trusted brand which will give years of enjoyment without any problems of things going wrong.
The B12 clarinet is made from ABS resin which is easy to look after and the keys are all silver plated. The body of the clarinet has the appearance of wood but as it is resin it is much easier to maintain. This clarinet also has an adjustable thumb-rest which is important as it can be adjusted to suit all sized hands. Not all clarinet of this price have this option.
This clarinet is aimed at beginners and it a great quality clarinet at a good price. It will see you not only through the very early grades but in my opinion and experience up to around grade 5.
A very good instrument which will be enjoyed for years.