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BUFFET CRAMPON R13 PRESTIGE A CLARINET, 1795

This fine Buffet R13 Prestige A clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It is a one owner instrument, and was used through studying at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, and thereafter professionally. The R13 has been a phenomenal success story for Buffet Crampon. After the 1983 take over by Boosey and Hawkes, the Prestige range represented an attempt by Buffet to recapture former high manufacturing and quality control standards. To that end the Prestige clarinet went back to the earlier specification: Unstained, hand selected Grenadilla wood was used, and more time was spent on hand finishing the instrument. In addition an additional LH Eb/Ab lever for the LH was fitted, though this could be ordered as an optional extra on standard E13's and R13's. This A, serial no. 329197, dates to 1990. It has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in good shape, with only light surface scratches. There is only slight tarnish to one of the long rods on the lower joint. All double bladder fish skin pads are in good condition. The clarinet was last serviced by Mike Huntriss a couple of years ago, since then it has had only light use. All tenon and touch corks are in good shape also. The key regulation is very good. There are 2 original barrels of 67.0mm, and 65.0mm. The case is a BAM in good condition, there are couple of minor tears to the interior, but all the zips are still functioning well.