Buffet, Evette & Schaeffer, E13 B Flat Clarinet
An excellent Buffet, Evette & Schaeffer, E13 clarinet. The matching serial numbers are K40744 which dates to 1976. 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 professional models in quality, and it was manufactured alongside them at the Buffet factory rather than, as now, at a separate facility.
There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The nickel silver plating overall is in superb condition, with no wear, indeed the quality of this plating is vastly superior to the contemporary finish. The instrument has just had a complete overhaul in finest Pisoni fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The case is a plush lined model which protects the clarinet very well, though the upper part has been replaced. The m'piece is a new 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.