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This excellent condition condition Buffet R13 Prestige Bb clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument was formerly owned by a London based professional. 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. 287073, which dates to 1987. Back then this was the finest model in the Buffet Crampon line up, and consequently, only the most senior and experienced craftsmen were entrusted with hand finishing these clarinets. This really shows in both the response, tone quality, and intonation. This is an exceptionally fine example of an R13 Prestige. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in fine order throughout. The Silver plate throughout is in very good condition, with no wear. The key regulation is very good. The instrument has just been completely overhauled in Pisoni Premium de-luxe fish skin pads, and it is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The supplied m'piece is an "as new" Vandoren B45, & case is a brand new Buffet, which comes with still wrapped keys.