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An extremely rare pair of Buffet R13 Full Boehms, which were probably a special order from Buffet. These instruments are a credit to their former owner, as the condition throughout is superb. These are the highly prized Full Boehm models with all the " Bells and Whistles": Fork Eb/Bb, alternative LH Ab/Eb, articulated C#/G# and low Eb. When they were manufactured they were the most expensive Soprano clarinets in the Buffet catalogue.
The Bb clarinet has matching serial nos. F107203, which dates to early 1969. The wood throughout is excellent with no cracks or repairs. The Silver plated key work is in pristine condition, with no wear. both instruments will have an overhaul in the Clarinets Direct workshop and are sold with our full 1 Year Warranty. Interestingly the bells are stamped A and B to avoid confusion.
The A has matching serial nos. F105452, which dates manufacture to the last week of 1968. This dates both R13s to the period commonly referred to as the "Golden Era" of R13 manufacture. Like the Bb, the wood and plating are in excellent condition; it is extremely uncommon to find Buffets of this period in such fine condition, as usually, having been professionally owned, they have had much use. 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. These instruments 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 Buffet original with a plaque of the supplying Paris dealer, again in excellent condition. The m'piece is a used Vandoren 5RV.