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BUFFET R13 A CLARINET, £1195
A good condition Buffet R13 A, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.
The matching serial nos. are 85364 which probably dates to 1965.
The volume covering serial nos. 79865-93203 is missing:
However Buffet were averaging 6000 instruments a year at this period, and 79864 dates to May 1964.
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 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.
In fact this A plays so much better than contemporary R13 A clarinets, which often feel very "stiff":
the response is lively, and it is much closer to the feel of a Bb clarinet.