Buffet, R13, B Flat Clarinet
A good condition "Golden Era" Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The wood is in good condition, with only minor surface marks and scratches, no cracks or repairs. The silver plated key work reflects the fact that this instrument has seen much use, and there is wear throughout. The pads are tan leather, in very good condition throughout. We have checked the instrument over thoroughly in our workshop, with touch and tenon corks replaced as necessary.The matching serial nos. are 86573, which probably dates to 1966. 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 more details The case is the original, which has been much used, there is wear, and also the handle has a tape repair.