Buffet Vintage Cocus Wood B Flat Clarinet
A rare early Buffet Bb clarinet, serial number 208L1, which dates to 1918. This clarinet features the "do-nut" LH 2 ring, which, though complex to manufacture and regulate, is perhaps the nicest option for the player with regards to a fork Eb/Bb fingering. It also has a wrap-around register key.
This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.The pads whilst not new, are all sealing well. The wood shows surface dings, scratches and marks. The bell ring has also suffered some damage in the past, it has been glued in place, but the ring does not seat against the rim of the bell tightly. The German Silver key work, with some solid silver barrels, is in overall fine condition. The clarinet has pieces matching and original with Buffet stamps, and, in addition there are 2 further barrels by Cabart, of 67.5mm and 58.5mm, this last is in ebonite. The mouthpiece is a Leblanc K10M in very good condition, the instrument plays easily and sweetly at A=440 Hz. It is a perfectly usable clarinet, as is, or it could a useful addition for a collector. The case is a more modern Buffet example dating to the 1960s in good condition.