Buffet, E13 B Flat Clarinet
A very good condition Buffet E13 clarinet in Silver plate. The E13 is the top selling student wooden clarinet worldwide. The matching serial numbers are K117899, which dates to the early 2000s, and all pieces are original with Buffet stamps. There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free, apart from two slight chips to the upper joint: One is to the to the top tenon, and the other underneath the C#/G# key, see photos. The Silver plating is very good, which is in stark contrast to the plating of more recent Buffet instruments. The instrument has just had a re-pad in Pisoni deluxe fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The case is brand new, with strap and exterior pouch. The m'piece is a Buffet C in ebonite. The wood for current E13s is being treated by Buffet with a chemical compound, which is supposed to inhibit cracking. In fact this seems to be causing some joint problems for Buffet, with many new instrument owners reporting problems with sticking joints to dealers, due to this compound leaching out from the wood end grain. At the period this instrument was made, thankfully the Grenadilla wood was left to age naturally prior to manufacture.