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BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET, £1245
A good condition vintage Buffet R13 Bb clarinet. It is a one owner instrument, having been professionally owned and played by a
London based Jazz musician, who is primarily a Baritone Sax player.
This instrument is an early
R13 with matching serial numbers 49989, dating to 1955.
Total manufacture of all professional models averaged 2000-3000 per year, which
contasts sharply with the current 80,000 a year.
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.