Clarinet Selection Service

Clarinet Selection Service

“I’m absolutely in love with my new instrument.  Alcides’ work truly makes a huge difference in how the instrument plays.  And most importantly, my new instrument was selected by a performer: someone who understands the concerns and needs of other performers.”

RMS is dedicated to excellence in the hand selection of Buffet clarinets.  We look for truly exceptional sounding instruments with the following qualities:

  • A rich, resonant tone and a sweet core (a clarinet that ‘sings’)
  • Evenness of scale and resistance
  • A sound that exhibits a large spectrum of overtones and colors
  • Best possible tuning

The clarinets we select are then set up to our mechanical and acoustical standards including:

  • Checking pads (reseating or replacing as needed)
  • Evening out key tensions
  • Adjusting key heights
  • Making sure the mechanisms are all in good working order
  • R13 model clarinets are completely upgraded with premium pads.

RMS Premium R13 Clarinets:

This model is by far one of the most popular Buffet Crampon clarinets on the American market.  It’s warmth, evenness and beauty of tone have been revered by American players for years.

Our R13 clarinets are hand selected at Buffet’s US headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida.  We upgrade each R13 clarinet with detailed keywork and a combination of premium Valentino pads and white leather pads.  We find that this combination maximizes overall resonance, evenness and achieves a more vocal quality in the connection between certain notes.  Alcides explains how he upgrades the R13 in this video.

Our premium model Buffet clarinets (Prestiges, Toscas, Festivals, Légendes) are hand selected at the Buffet factory in Mantes la Ville, France by Alexandre Chabod (Co-principal of the Paris Opera).

Visit the Trials page for more information on trying our clarinets.  You can find pricing and model descriptions here.

If you are unsure which model suits you best, we would be happy to help!  Contact us at or 470-545-9803.


We are pleased to offer instrument financing through First Mutual Finance.  You can find the online application here.