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An excellent condition Buffet R13 A, which was probably a special order instrument from Buffet. This is a rare and highly prized Full Boehm model with all the " Bells and Whistles": Fork Eb/Bb, alternative LH Ab/Eb, articulated C#/G# and low Eb. The wood is in excellent condition with no cracks or damage. The instrument has just been re-padded in fish skin pads, and the key work is well regulated. The Silver plated key work is in pristine condition, with no wear. There are two barrels, one of 60mm, and a special Moennig, R13 A, of 67mm. The matching serial nos. are F171543 which dates to 1976. This period is commonly referred to as the "Golden Era" of R13 manufacture. 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 for more details. 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. The case is the original, again in excellent condition.