Buffet, E13, B Flat Clarinet
A very good condition Buffet E13 clarinet in Silver plate, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The E13 is the top selling student wooden clarinet worldwide. The matching serial numbers are K106548, which dates to the mid 1990s, and all pieces are original with Buffet stamps. There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The plating is very good, with no patches of wear. The instrument has just had a minor service in our workshop, with pads and corks replaced as necessary. The case is original, and is in good used condition, though there is some staining to the interior . The m'piece is a Selmer HS in ebonite, [ not pictured]the quality of this m'piece is much superior to the cheap plastic m'pieces now supplied with E13s. 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.