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A mint condition Buffet, E13 S [for small] clarinet. This is an extremely rare model, made by Buffet as a custom order for players with small hands, sadly this model is now deleted from the Buffet model line up. The revisions include re-positioning all of the tone holes closer together in the right hand. And, in addition, an adjustable thumb rest is fitted, which was not standard manufacturing practice at that time. This instrument will make learning much easier for some lucky young clarinettist!
This instrument is in perfect condition throughout: The Grenadilla wood is in superb condition, with no scuffs or scratches, pristine. All logo stamps are matching and bright. There is no joint wobble. The pads are fish skin in excellent condition. The Nickel Silver plating throughout is "as new", with no wear. Indeed the quality of this plating is much superior to that found on current Buffet E13s. The serial nos. are K95115, which dates to the early 1990's. Contemporary E13s are treated with a chemical compound designed to prevent cracking. Unfortunately this appears to leach out of the wood after a few weeks of playing, causing many problems with joints sticking or refusing to go together. Thankfully when this instrument was manufactured, Buffet Crampon were still ageing the wood naturally. The supplied Buffet m'piece is "as new". The clarinet comes in a bespoke Buffet case with fleece lined Buffet cover, with space for music and over the shoulder carry straps.