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A rare Full Boehm Buffet C12 Conservatoire Bb clarinet. This instrument was bought new from Dawkes by a UK professional Jazz clarinettist, who now prefers a Selmer wide bore Full Boehm model. The instrument cracked within a short time of purchase, but was professionally repaired by Dawkes, the supplying dealer, under warranty. The cracks are at the top of the upper joint, see photo 6. This clarinet was originally manufactured as Buffet's entry level professional wooden model, and though there has been some confusion from Buffet [as marketing men at Buffet felt that this model represented too good value for money] it sits well above the E13 in terms of quality. These days the Buffet website describes the instrument as suitable for the young advancing professional, about to enter Music Conservatoire.
The Silver plated key work is in very good condition with only slight patches of plating wear, mostly on the throat A key and register key, see photos 7, and 11. The fish skin pads are in good order throughout, though not new, they are sealing well. The matching serial nos. are F365551 which dates to 1992. The supplied m'piece is a Selmer HS* and the case is also by Selmer in good used condition.