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BUFFET E11 C CLARINET, £975

A very fine condition Buffet E11 C clarinet, in Grenadilla wood. The pads are mainly white leather, in very good condition, with some cork pads on the upper joint. The wood has no cracks or repairs, but there is one chip to the outer edge of the lower tenon of the upper joint, see photo 10. This chip has no affect on the response, and is completely hidden when the instrument is assembled. The E11 C is Buffet's semi-professional model, and this example has matching serial nos. 000501. The Silver plated key work is in excellent condition, with only light scratches. All pieces are matching and original. Including the stock Buffet mouthpiece Current Buffet E13's and E11's are giving a lot of trouble with shrinkage and wood movement, these problems commenced when Buffet moved the manufacture of these models from Germany back to the old Leblanc factory in France. Fortunately this instrument pre-dates this; it was made in Germany.The E11 C is an ideal purchase for the player who wants to use the same mouthpiece that they currently use on their Bb instrument, as the instrument tunes well with all standard French bore Bb m'pieces.