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An excellent condition vintage Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The German Silver key work is pristine throughout. The wood is in good condition with no cracks or damage, only surface marks, consistent with its age. The instrument has recently been re-padded throughout in tan leather pads, which are "as new". It has been down to our workshop for a thorough check down, and tenon corks have been replaced as necessary. The barrel is a new modern Buffet replacement, stamped "E13 Bb 650" i.e. 65mm long. The matching serial nos. are F61307 which dates to 1959. 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 student model.