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?