Buffet, R13 B Flat Clarinet
A very good condition " Golden Era" vintage Buffet R13. This clarinet is an enhanced Boehm model, with 7 rings, which allows for a fork Eb/Bb in the LH. All pieces are matching and original with Buffet stamps. The matching serial nos. are F78130, which dates to 1964. Back then this was the finest professional instrument Buffet made, with unstained, hand selected 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, which is in excellent order throughout. The instrument is stamped "Dallas London" on the bell, Dallas were the sole importers of Buffet Crampon to the UK from the 1950s through to the mid 1960s. There is no wear to the Nickel Silver plate, which is in excellent order throughout. The pads are all used fish skin but in fine condition. 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.