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BUFFET CRAMPON R13 Bb CLARINET, 1145

This clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. There are no cracks or repairs to the wood, which is in overall good condition, however just above the top trill key hole is a small area where the wood surface is slightly scuffed, see photo 11.   The  Silver plate key work is in good condition throughout, with only slight wear to the top trill key. There is no wear to the touchpieces or ring keys, overall the plating is about 98%. This instrument has recently had a full repad in tan leather pads, which are all in good condition. The instrument has had a "check down2 in our workshop, with regulation done as necessary. The matching serial nos. are 218544 which dates to 1981. At this period in time the Prestige range had not yet been introduced, and the R13, along with the RC, were the top professional models produced by Buffet Crampon. Modern R13s are now manufactured with inferior wood, and also less time is spent on their hand finishing: This makes it extremely hard to find a new R13 of this quality.   Please go to www.buffet-crampon.com for more details The  case is the original in good condition, with dust cover.   The m'piece is an upgrade to a Vandoren 5RV.