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, apart from the register key, this was lengthened, as the original owner found it difficult to cover the LH thumb whilst pressing the register key, see photo 11. All pieces are original & the Grenadilla wood is in perfect condition. This clarinet has fish skin pads [ apart from the speaker key, which is in cork] 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, and in addition was regularly serviced there. The matching serial nos. are K145689. The m'piece is a brand new Yamaha 5CM Custom in ebonite. 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.