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An extremely fine pair of Buffet R13 clarinets in Silver plate, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. These one owner instruments have been extremely well cared for and maintained. Their current owner, a UK based professional, has just purchased a new pair of Buffet clarinets.
The pair was bought new in the mid-1980s, and were selected with the help of Ray Carpenter, then Principal Clarinet of the BSO. The Bb has matching serial nos. 242492. All pieces are matching and original and stamped "Buffet", and a new Green line 66mm buffet Barrel is also included. The Silver plating shows some wear commensurate with use, mainly to the ring finger touchpieces and the bottom RH "pinky" keys. The Grenadilla wood is in good condition throughout, though there is a small chip to the outer rim of the top tenon of the Bb, see photo 4. This is cosmetic only, and has no effect on the response. The instrument has been recently re-padded in "superpads" and tan leather pads and is in fine regulation. The A S/N 246904 is also in very good condition. It has fish skin pads throughout, which whilst used, are in good condition. The plating shows hardly any wear. The supplied original Buffet black leather case is brand new, having come from the new Buffet pair which the owner has just bought. The supplied m'piece is an "as new" Vandoren B40 Lyre 13. If desired the pair can be split as follows: A in double case for 1495. Bb in new single case with 2 barrels and m'piece for 1400.