Why Just Buffet-Crampon?
I only sell Buffet-Crampon because I have found that they offer the best tone and quality for most professional clarinetists. This belief is backed by the National Association of Band Instrument Manufacturers (NABIM) Buffet- Crampon (in the professional clarinet category) leads in market share with a resounding 87%. That means that for every 100 professional clarinets sold, 87 of them are Buffet! Considering the number of other brands and models available 87% market share is truly a remarkable accomplishment.
In my twenty years of music retailing, I have sold Buffet, Leblanc, Selmer, Yamaha, Rossi, and Patricola clarinets. I have stocked all of them for extended periods of time and as a result have really gotten to know personally all of their pros and cons. I also have hand-selected almost all of these brands for my clients. Through my business, I have sold a full complement of these manufacturers' clarinets, including: Bbs, As, Ebs, C, D, Bass clarinets, Alto Clarinets, Basset Horns, Contra Basses, and Contra Alto's. If these companies have made it, I have sold it.
In addition to my own preferences, I have listened to hundreds of customer's comments about the various makes and models, as well as helped them make choices about which clarinet to buy to best meet their performing, playing, and financial needs. For more than twenty years, unequivocally, the choice of 90% of my customers has been Buffet-Crampon. Personally, I have to agree with their choice. Buffet- Crampon's instruments are simply second to none.
Mechanically, Buffet's instruments are superior to any other instrument made. As a professional player, adjustments need to be made to all instruments we choose. When Buffet clarinets are adjusted by a repair technician, only Buffets hold the adjustments made to them.
In addition, Buffet-Crampon has the best plating of all the brands. In 20 years of sales, it is only Buffet's plating that has never peeled, cracked, or scratched. Buffet-Crampon also has produced a mechanism that is resolutely firm, sturdy, and lasts much longer than other brands. Because of this attention to the mechanism, Buffet key work feels far superior in action, balance, and bounce to any other clarinet brand. This facilitates ease of playing for the musician.