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PAIR OF BUFFET E13 CLARINETS, 1395

A very good condition pair of Buffet, Evette & Schaeffer E13 clarinets. These instruments are a one owner pair, and were bought new from T W Howarth & Co. Ltd in 1982, they must have been one of the last pairs of Evette Schaeffer's manufactured by Buffet before the fully automated machine production of E13's became the norm.
The unstained Grenadilla wood is in superb condition, with no scuffs or scratches, pristine. There is no joint wobble. The pads, which are mainly double bladder fish skin, are all sealing well, both instruments have had a thorough check down in our workshop: The majority of the pads were replaced on the Bb, but the A had seen far less use; only a couple of pads needed replacing. The key work on both clarinets has also been regulated, with all touch and tenon corks replaced as necessary. Some of the pads prone to attracting water are in cork: The register keys on both clarinets, as well as the C#/G# keys and the lower trill keys. The key work shows little wear or play to the mechanism; in stark contrast to more recent E13 manufacture. The Nickel Silver plating throughout is excellent on the Bb which has matching serial nos. are K58799. The A, which has pristine Silver plate has matching serial nos. K52536. The supplied m'piece is a Vandoren 11.6 in excellent condition. There is also a bespoke custom case in magnificent burgundy leather, which has the original owner's initial W.E. in gold, it is in very fine condition.