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This excellent condition Buffet R13 Prestige Bb clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument has had only one former owner. 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. 537590, which dates to the late 2000's. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in fine order throughout. All pieces are matching, original, and with correct stamps. The Silver plate throughout is in very good condition, with no wear. The key regulation is very good. The instrument has white leather pads which are in fine order throughout. The supplied m'piece is a good condition Selmer C85 115, though the ligature cap has cracked. The case is the original in good condition with combination locks.