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An excellent condition vintage Buffet R13 A, which was probably a special order instrument from Buffet. This is a rare and highly prized Full Boehm model with all the " Bells and Whistles": Fork Eb/Bb, alternative LH Ab/Eb, articulated C#/G# and low Eb. The wood is in good condition with no cracks or damage, only slight surface marks. All pieces are matching and original. The instrument has just been re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Fish Skin Pads, in our workshop : It is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are F150722 which dates to 1974. This period is commonly referred to as the "Golden Era" of R13 manufacture. The Silver plated key work is in excellent condition, with no wear. 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. This instrument will not disappoint; the quality of scale and intonation are everything one has come to expect from this period of careful hand manufacture. The case is an older double, which prorects the instrument well and the m'piece is a used Vandoren B45 in good condition.