Buffet R13 Prestige A Clarinet
This excellent Buffet R13 Prestige A clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It was part of a pair formerly owned by a student at Chetham's School of Music, which were bought new in the mid 2000's. His career has subsequently moved into electronic music production. The pair had only extremely light use, and are in pristine condition. 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.
The A is in pristine condition, it has matching serial nos. 549396. The white leather pads throughout are in excellent condition. The silver plate is "as new". The wood is also without mark or blemish, the instrument has had hardly any use. The barrel is of 65mm. All pieces are matching and original. The case is a BAM in good condition, there are some exterior scuffs, but the case fastens well.