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This Buffet Festival Bb clarinet is in near mint condition, with only slight wear to the stamps and LH sliver key plating to distinguish it from new. The instrument has been professionally owned and played, and has been extremely well cared for. The Festival is based firmly on the R13 Prestige, with the register key tube slightly higher, and adjustments to the upper and lower bore flares to compensate. This type of alteration had in fact been suggested to Buffet in the late 1960's by Moennig, Morgan, and Gigliotti: The result is improved intonation and evenness to the second register, which has meant the Festival is a firm favourite amongst professional players.
The Bb has serial no. 449982, dating to 1998. The wood, which is unstained, hand selected Grenadilla, is in overall excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate shows only slight wear commensurate with careful use: The LH siver key is worn, see photo 5. The plating is about 99%. We have just completely overhauled the clarinet in finest Pisoni double bladder fish skin pads, and it is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All corks tenon and touch have been replaced throughout. The key work has been stripped down, oiled and regulated. There are 3 supplied barrels of 65.2mm, 66.4mm and 66.2mm. All 3 are genuine Buffet stamped Festival barrels. The m'piece is a Gregory Smith Custom, 1+ in excellent used condition. The case is an original Buffet in brown leather, which shows some interior stains and wear.