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BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET, £1195
An excellent condition Buffet R13 Bb clarinet. This instrument has lower joint serial F64506, and upper joint F64507.
Either an error was made at the point the instrument was stamped, or the joints were made consecutively!
The serial numbers date to 1960,
this period is commonly referred to as the "Golden Era" of R13 manufacture.
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.