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A very fine condition vintage Buffet R13. The German Silver key work is excellent throughout, with no wear. The wood is in good condition with no cracks or damage, only surface marks, consistent with its age. The instrument has just been re-padded in our workshop, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The tenon corks have been replaced as necessary. All pieces are matching and original with Buffet stamps. The matching serial nos. are F53805 which dates to 1956. 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 worn but fully functional and the m'piece is a brand new Buffet student model.