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BUFFET CRAMPON R13 Bb CLARINET, £1195

A very fine condition vintage Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The German Silver  key work is excellent throughout, with no wear. The wood shows no cracks or repairs, though there are some filled thumb rest screw holes in the bottom joint where the thumb rest has been repositioned in the past. The instrument has very good fish skin pads throughout, the majority are "as new". The matching serial nos. are 49989 which dates to 1955. 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. The case is Pro-Tech in good condition. The mouthpiece is a new Mitchell Lurie M3.