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BUFFET VINTAGE CLARINET in A, 495

A rare, early single piece, near Full Boehm, Buffet A clarinet. These instruments have a larger bore of 15.0mm, and larger tone holes than the contemporary Buffet's. The result is a free and easy playing A, with good 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 does result in exceptionally even response across into the second register, a pity this is no longer standard practise. This instrument is almost a Full Boehm, lacking only a 3rd ring finger for the LH.
This instrument has come to us from an adult player and is a commission sale. However the clarinet has just had a complete re-pad in fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The stamps read "Buffet LP". In addition the bell is stamped "Carl Fischer New York", Fischer were the agents for Buffet prior to WW1 and with serial number 94J1 this instrument dates to 1914. There are several repaired cracks: The first is an old pinned repair to the upper joint, there is a second surface crack running up from the pillar of the register key. In addition both the bell and barrel have cracks which we have sealed. These repairs are also covered by our warranty, see photos 5 & 10. The German Silver key work is excellent, with a lovely shine, and there is no joint wobble. The instrument tunes at A=440 Hz with all standard French bore modern mouthpieces. The case is a used leather gig bag, in good condition.