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This near mint condition Buffet R13 Prestige Bb clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument belongs to a busy London professional who works mainly in London's West End. The instrument is decribed as "near mint" only because of slight wear to the stamps and tenon corks. After the 1981 take over by Boosey and Hawkes, the Prestige range represented an attempt by Buffet to recapture former high manufacturing and quality control standards. To that end the Prestige clarinet went back to the earlier specification: Unstained, hand selected Grenadilla wood was used, and more time was spent on hand finishing the instrument. In addition an additional Eb/Ab lever for the LH was fitted.
This Bb has matching serial nos. 601887, it was bought new from Howarths' 5 years ago. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is pristine throughout. The Silver plate throughout is in perfect condition, with no wear. The instrument has recently had a complete overhaul in tan leather pads. The original owner preferred a Tom Kooiman thumb rest, and, as she kept this, we have fitted a traditional thumb rest. The key regulation is very good. All pieces are matching and original. The case is a modern light weight gig bag. The mouthpiece is a brand new Buffet.