Buffet, E13 B Flat Clarinet
A very fine condition Buffet E13 Bb clarinet. This is a one owner instrument, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This clarinet is Buffet's top student wooden model. The Silver plate key work is pristine, all pieces are original & have bright matching Buffet stamps. The Grenadilla wood is in perfect condition. This clarinet has fish skin pads [ apart from the speaker key, which is in leather] in overall very good condition, some are "as new" . The instrument has had a thorough "check down" in the Clarinets Direct workshop for pad seal and regulation. The matching serial nos. are K163101. The m'piece is the original Buffet, which shows some ligature scratches, but no damage to tip or side rails. Current E13s are 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.