The Perfect Clarinet

If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be. ~ Yogi Berra

DSCF3613I have spent a lot of time helping family and friends find the perfect instrument within the constraints of their budgets. New musicians, young musicians, adult newbies and returning musicians all need a good or better instrument. On occasion I have even wowed the jaded professional who thought they’d never buy another instrument. I wowed them with a stellar instrument that they thought they could never afford and one which completed their stable of doubles (instruments besides your primary that you are called upon to play).

B18Today I’m writing you about a clarinet deal that might be the best you’ll ever see for your little musician, your friend or you returning to music. But first I want to talk about why making do with an inferior, cheap, poorly working instrument just doesn’t make sense. This is a medium-long article but it just could make the difference between success and failure and in the long run, save you a lot of money.

I don’t recommend renting an instrument after the first year of music. Often, for the price of a year of rental, you could own this instrument. The Buffet B18 below will play better, helping you move through the levels of learning faster and at the same time bring you much joy as you start to make some beautiful music. If you are using an old student model instrument, you might be fighting key work design problems, suspect intonation challenges, and damaged instrument travesties. I lament at the number of musicians who just gave up because their instrument let them down.

Quinn the Eskimo Vintage Horns has purchased a limited lot of Buffet B18 Bb soprano clarinets. The B18 clarinet is manufactured with a silver-plated finish and metal body rings, in keeping with the Buffet Crampon clarinet line design. The use of silver instead of nickel is an upgrade usually only found on high priced instruments. This clarinet is remarkably well-balanced and carries its power lightly, with a tone that is very close to that of the wood. As it is made of ABS resin, it is stable and unlike wood is not prone to cracking. It is the kind of instrument that could serve you for your whole life.

Quinn the Eskimo Vintage Horns is offering three lines of this instrument for your consideration.

Buffet B18 Bb Soprano Clarinet: $499 includes this new clarinet in either a backpack or standard clarinet case. Compare this to the Buffet B12 selling on sale at $700 and you start to see how much you save with this deal.


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Buffet B18 Bb Soprano Clarinet & Accessories: $599 ~ This includes an upgraded mouthpiece, Yamaha metronome, Yamaha tuner, and music stand.


Select a Selmer HS or a Giggilotti A or B mouthpiece.

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Buffet B18 rental/repair shop 10 pack: $4000 and includes ten new instruments.


Now is your chance to get a very fine instrument that could help you or your favorite musician move to the next step up the ladder of success.

About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Seattle Solid GOLD Big Band (formerly the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra) a GOLD sax quartet, and enjoy time with family and friends.
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5 Responses to The Perfect Clarinet

  1. Don Morris says:

    Thanks for the info on this. A parent at my school was asking about this “B18” model Buffet so I checked on the Buffet website and found nothing about it. Is this legit? It’s sold by Sam Ash (which has a store across the street from my school) and I’m wondering if it’s REALLY made by Buffet or if it’s some kind of Sam Ash knock-off, like their “Jean Baptiste” stuff, that I hate. Do you know if this is a real Buffet? Why would it not be on their website? Caveat emptor. BTW, I look forward to reading some other things on your blog.

    Don Morris

  2. elisacgff says:

    I sent an email to and got a reply saying “B18 is an exclusive model found at select dealers”

    • elisacgff says:

      Some more info I got from when asking if it was safe to assume I should have no problem finding parts if I need service from my local music store (in the San Francisco Bay area):

      Quinn The Eskimo is an authorized Buffet Group dealer. The B18 clarinet is not one we usually import into the US market so I don’t have a lot of knowledge about the instrument. It is said to be much like the B12. The pads are probably exactly like the B12s.

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