Buffet, C12, Conservatoire B Flat Clarinet
A good condition Buffet C12 Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument was originally manufactured as Buffet's entry level professional wooden model, and though there has been some confusion from Buffet, is still advertised as such on their current website. These days the Buffet website describes the instrument as suitable for the young advancing professional, about to enter Music Conservatoire. This example was probably a special order from Buffet as it has an articulated C#/G# key, which was a custom option.
The Nickel Silver key work is in good condition with slight plating wear only to the low Ab/Eb key, the plating is about 95%. The instrument has Pisoni Premium Deluxe tan leather pads throughout in good condition. There is one old, pinned, surface crack to the upper joint, see photos 5 & 6. Pinning would seem excessive as the crack does not go through to the bore, but at least this method ensures the wood will not move thereafter. The matching serial nos. are F241749 which dates to 1983, an excellent period of Buffet manufacture. The original barrel has been adapted for a pick up mic and another shorter barrel in resin is also supplied. The m'piece is a used student model, and the case, which is an unusual example, with a denim exterior is in good used condition.