A vintage Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.
At this period of manufacture Buffet
stored their wood at their factory [in the roof spaces], and it was carefully nutured and aged for at least 7 years before
manufacture. Many experts attribute the gradual drop in quality of the R13 to progressively
less control and care in wood maturation. Initially in the 1960s, for tax and cost saving reasons, Buffet
appointed a reputable supplier to source their wood. Now they source their wood cheaply
with "modern" techniques of artificial maturation, and, as a consequence, many of the models of their range suffer
from cracking and wood movement.
The German Silver key work is in good order throughout, with only a natural "patina"
associated with the age of the clarinet.
The wood is in good condition with no cracks or damage, only slight surface marks
The instrument has just had a complete re-pad in Pisoni deluxe fish skin pads by
newly qualified repairman Dave Kershook [who has just joined NAMIR].
The matching serial nos. are F67939 which dates to 1961.
This is one of the first R13s made, and when one plays it and appreciates the excellent intonation,
sound and response, it is easy to see why this model began to dominate the market,
as the preferred choice of all serious clarinetists.
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.
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.
The supplied mouthpiece is an original Buffet C in excellent condition.
The case is a modern example with carry strap, and external pouch.