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An excellent condition vintage Buffet R13. This is a rare model in that it features 7 instead of the more usual 6 rings: This enables the LH fork fingering for Eb/Bb, which is an extremely useful alternative to the first side key fingering. The German Silver key work is pristine throughout. The wood is in good condition with no cracks or damage, only slight surface marks The instrument has just been re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Fish skin Pads, and is sold with our full `1 year warranty` The matching serial nos. are 44778 which dates to 1954. This is one of the first R13s made, and when one plays it and appreciates the excellent intonation, sound and response, it is easy to see why this model began to dominate the market, as the preferred choice of all serious clarinetists. Back then this was the finest professional instrument Buffet made, with unstained, matched wood. This was before the introduction of the ""Prestige" range, which effectively downgraded the standard R13 considerably. These days R13's are made from inferior quality wood which is stained to hide imperfections. Buffet are currently attempting to recreate this Gold standard of manufacture in their current "Vintage R13" range please go to for more details. The case is the original Buffet, worn but fully functional, it sports the original advertising slogan " The Sweetest Clarinet Ever Made". The m'piece is an excellent Blayman, Steel Ebonite on a French blank, in very good condition.