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BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET, 1195

An excellent condition enhanced Boehm Buffet R13 Bb clarinet, which features a 7th ring, which allows a fork Eb/Bb in the LH. The matching serial nos. are F88649 which dates to 1967. This period is commonly referred to as the "Golden Era" of R13 manufacture. 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.
The instrument has just had a complete overhaul in our workshop, in fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The Grenadilla wood is crack and repair free, indeed in excellent condition throughout. The Silver plated key work shows hardly any wear, which is testament to the quality of older Buffet plating. All pieces are original with matching Buffet stamps. The m'piece is a modern stock Buffet in good condition. The original case shows some stains to the interior, but still latches and protects the instrument well.