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BUFFET MASTER MODEL ME13 Bb CLARINET, 695

A very fine condition Buffet, Evette & Schaeffer, Master Model E13. The German Silver key work shows is in excellent condition throughout. We have just re-padded in double bladder fishskin & the clarinet is sold with our full year's Clarinets Direct warranty. The matching serial nos. are K8731 which dates to the late 1950'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 of the main body of the instrument, but the barrel has a tight hairline surface crack, which does not go through to the bore, see photo 3. The bell is not original, but a more modern E13 replacement. These days E13's are made from inferior quality wood which is stained to hide imperfections, whereas the wood for this clarinet is unstained. The case is a brand new Stagg, and the m'piece is the original Buffet in ebonite.