Buffet, R13 B Flat Clarinet
A good condition " Golden Era" vintage Buffet R13. The instrument has just been re-padded in our workshop, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The tenon corks have been replaced as necessary. All pieces are matching and original with Buffet stamps. The matching serial nos. are F70053, which dates to 1962. Back then this was the finest professional instrument Buffet made, with unstained, matched wood. This was before the introduction of the ""Prestige" range, which effectively downgraded the standard R13 considerably. These days R13's are made from inferior quality wood which is stained to hide imperfections. Buffet are currently attempting to recreate this Gold standard of manufacture in their current "Vintage R13" range please go to www.buffetcrampon.com for more details. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, apart from one tiny chip to the outer rim of the top tenon, see photo 4. The instrument may have been Silver plated post manufacture. There is wear to the Silver plate, please look at the photos in close up mode [hover your mouse on the selected photo] to view this closely, but this is commensurate with normal use of an instrument which is 58 years old. This clarinet will not disappoint; the quality of scale and intonation are everything one has come to expect from this period of careful hand manufacture. The case is a more modern Buffet example , and the m'piece is a used stock Buffet.