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BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET, £1345
An excellent condition Buffet R13 Bb clarinet, whch was a special order from Buffet.
This instrument is an enhanced Boehm model with 7 rings, which usefully allows for a forked
Eb/Bb in the left hand, articulated C sharp/G sharp, and left hand Ab/Eb.
Thus the keywork options on this instrument are superior to those on the current Prestige range.
The matching serial numbers are F177918 which date to 1977,
an excellent period of R13 manufacture, commonly referred to as Buffet's "Golden Era".
Total manufacture of all professional models averaged 6000-7000 per year, which
contasts sharply with the current 80,000 a year.
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 www.buffetcrampon.com for more details.
Certainly 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.