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BUFFET VINTAGE Bb CLARINET, £495
An early Buffet clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. These instruments have a larger bore of 14.9mm,
and larger tone holes than the contemporary Buffet's. The result is a free and easy playing instrument,
with excellent intonation, and none of the third register problems inherent in the polycylindrical design.
The drawbacks are flatter notes on low E and F, but to some extent this is corrected
by the fact that, at this period, Buffet reamed the neck of the bell, continuing the flare of the lower joint:
This improves response across into the second register,
a pity this is no longer standard practise.