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BUFFET MASTER MODEL ME13 Bb CLARINET, £945

A very fine condition Buffet Master Model E13. The Nickel Silver key work shows no wear, it is very good condition. We have just re-padded in Pisoni premium Deluxe fish skin pads & the clarinet is sold with our full year's Clarinets Direct warranty. The matching serial nos. are D49150 which dates to the late 1970's. Back then the E13 range was tested at the Buffet factory, by Pierre Lefebvre, first clarinet of the Guarde Republicaine Band, with the finest instruments then undergoing further hand tuning and undercutting to improve the response. Therefore the customer had an instrument which was almost identical to an R13 on quality, but at less cost. There are no cracks to the wood, but there is a minor chip to the outer edge of the tenon of the upper joint this has no effect on the response and is completely hidden when the instrument is assembled, see photo 4. Sadly this model is deleted now from the Buffet range. Modern E13s are made from inferior wood which is stained to hide imperfections, in addition there is no longer any hand finishing or testing, as was the case for this clarinet. Furthermore the wood for this clarinet is unstained, with all pieces matching and original. The case is the original in good condition, as is the m'piece.