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BUFFET R13 A CLARINET, £1495
An excellent Buffet R13 A clarinet. This instrument was owned
formerly by Stuart Allen, and selected for him especially by Edward [Ted] Planas,
whilst Ted was working for J & L Dawkes. Ted also customised
this R13 with an additional pillar midway along the long barrel of the RH rings,
see photo 7. This was because
Stuart had a tendency to rest his fingers on this long barrel,
and this was done to prevent excessive movement or deformation of the key work.
This R13 has been played in many professional performances, as Stuart was, for many years,
a member of the clarinet section of the English National Ballet Orchestra.
And as a successful freelance player he also worked with most of London's finest orchestras.
Therefore this R13 A clarinet has had much use, and this is reflected in
surface marks to the wood, as well as some key work tarnish.
However, as one would expect from the provenance, this instrument
is a superb example of an R13 A, the modern equivalent would be a carefully