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BUFFET E13, EVETTE & SCHAEFFER, Bb CLARINET, £945
fine, and rare "UK" stamp Evette & Schaeffer, E13 clarinet in Nickel Silver plate.
The matching serial numbers are
K38782 which dates to 1976, making this one of those manufactured when
Buffet were marketing and selling out of their own London premises in Pages Walk, Lambeth.
The "UK" stamp was to reassure Btitish buyers that these instruments were made at A=440 Hz.
This E&S Bb is much superior, in every respect; quality of wood, intonation, plating,
and tone, to contemporary mass produced E13 Buffet clarinets. When this
model was produced it was second only to the RC and R13 profesional models in quality,
and it was manufactured alongside them at the Buffet factory. This model
was made from unstained wood, and hand finished, the new asking price then was 76% of the cost of a new R13.
It is interesting to note the Buffet tacitly admit the current fall in quality:
the contemporary asking price for an E13 is only 59% that of a new R13.