Buffet, Evette & Schaeffer, E13 B Flat Clarinet
A fine, Evette & Schaeffer, E13 clarinet in silver plate. The matching serial numbers are K58097 which dates to 1981, making this one of the last manufactured. This E&S Bb is much superior, in every respect; quality of wood, intonation, and tone to contemporary mass produced E13 Buffet clarinets. When this model was produced it was second only to the RC and R13 professional models in quality, and it was manufactured alongside them at the Buffet factory.
There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The plating overall is in good condition, with only some slight pitting to the LH & RH E/B touch-pieces. The instrument has used fish skin pads which though worn are sealing well. The case is a plush lined model which protects the clarinet very well. The m'piece is a good condition stock Buffet. 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 instruments was made, thankfully the Grenadilla wood was left to age naturally prior to manufacture.