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This Buffet Festival Bb clarinet is in excellent condition, with only slight wear to the stamps and tenon corks to distinguish it from new. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. 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 and third registers, which has meant the Festival is a firm favourite amongst professional players.
The Bb has matching serial nos. 507382. The body is made of Greenline composite, which resists cracking and warping. This has made the instrument a favourite of the Ministry of Defence for marching band use, and also of players who may have to work in extremes of humidity and temperature. The Silver plate shows no wear, it is pristine. The clarinet has just been completely overhauled at a cost of nearly 200. The invoice is included in the sale, and the clarinet is sold with a full 1 year warranty from the date of purchase. The m'piece is a Vandoren B40, in good used condition, as is the Buffet case.