The Vintage clarinet was developed and perfected by René Lesieux in 1996. René Lesieux was a Master instrument maker with Buffet Crampon for more than 40 years.
The Buffet Crampon Vintage Bb clarinet is one of five clarinets in the prestige range and has charmed many clarinettists in the world over.
When designing this instrument Buffet Crampon wanted to include many of the same features and sound that musicians had with their 1950's R13 clarinet. The Vintage, as its name implies, brings to mind the influences and colours of the time. Today it is widely appreciated for its fluid and focused tone, and its homogeneity and ease of response.