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Re: Buying clarinets
Any decent music store offers a year of free maintenance on any instrument they sell directly to a school. Ask them.
There is NO WAY an Orion clarinet is better than a Buffet R13. I’ll just leave it at that. Don’t drink the Orion Kool-Aid! They have lots of directors fooled for a few years and then their instruments start breaking or they realize they cannot play in tune with an ensemble.
I agree with the other poster about the Jupiter and Yamaha...great instruments The E11 is by far the most preferred by directors but the keys are so soft that I would not recommend it for a school purchase. You want the best instrument for your investment and the one with the longest longevity. Get quotes for both and talk to a GOOD band director who is a clarinet player. They’re probably gonna tell you Buffet first but ask them again.
You owe your budget a break. Contact Jeff at Bandwagon in Fort Worth. They own Orion Musical Instruments inc. You will be quite surprised by The Quality, tone, and intonation of the New Orion wood Clarinet. Comments from teachers have been “better than any E-11 being currently made” and “better than half the R-13s I’ve tried”.
Jeff backs all Orion Wind Instruments with 1 year free maintenance and a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects. Buffet doesn’t offer that. No one does.
Buying 4 clarinets for good middle school players. I have about $8K. What should I get? Is that enough to get 4 decent clarinets?