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A Buffet R13 Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument is in good condition, and has had only one professional UK owner, who is a now a full time singer.
This clarinet has just been completely overhauled, in fish skin pads, in our workshop, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The Bb has matching serial nos. 170179, which dates to 1976, this was prior to the Boosey and Hawkes take over of Buffet, and also prior to the introduction of the Prestige range. R13s from this particular period are deservedly sought after, as they were made to a much higher standard than the contemporary R13. All pieces are matching and original, and stamped "Buffet" withn the exception of the additional, short barrel which measures 63.5mm. The Nickel Silver plating shows no wear, it is in excellent condition throughout. There are no cracks or repairs to the main body pieces of the clarinet, which are in excellent condition, however there is a tight hairline crack to the bell: This crack is so tight, that to attempt a repair would only have opened the crack, so our workshop have left well alone, see photo 9. It has no effect on the response. The m'piece is a brand new Roger Garret. The original Buffet case is worn in both the interior an exterior, but still latches, and protects the instrument well.