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This is a rare Buffet Jazz Festival Bb clarinet in good condition. The Jazz Festival was manufactured from the late 1980's through to the 1990's and is now a deleted model, though the standard Festival has proved a big success for Buffet, and continues in production. Buffet Crampon tend to put their most experienced craftsman to finishing the newest & most expensive models in their range. For this reason early examples of a new design of clarinet tend to play well, which is the case here, as this Bb has matching serial nos. 303302, which dates to 1988. The instrument features a re-designed lighter bell for a more lively, free sound, and was usually sold with the shorter, 65mm barrel. 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 wood is unstained, hand selected Grenadilla. The Silver plate shows no wear, it is pristine. The clarinet has had a full overhaul and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All pieces are genuine Buffet stamped Festival. The m'piece is a stock Buffet, in excellent used condition. The case is the original Buffet Prestige with combination locks in brown leather, in fair condition.