Dating noblet clarinet
The instrument has just been re-padded in our workshop, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All pieces are matching and original with Buffet stamps. This was before the introduction of the ""Prestige" range, which effectively downgraded the standard R13 considerably.These days R13's are made from inferior quality wood which is stained to hide imperfections.The instrument has been down to our workshop for a service, all white leather pads are either new, or in excellent condition, and corks are good.Though an Albert barrel is supplied, in fact, the instrument tunes much better with the other longer barrel.It became the prototype for all future Buffet clarinet designs from that point onward.As a result, it may be safely assumed that anything from #61,000 was manufacturered with this design in mind.
These instruments were made in the late 1920's, or very early 1930's, as Albert had moved to London by 1933 and the clarinets are stamped "Made in Belgium".
The case is a more modern Buffet example with keys, and the m'piece is a used Vandoren B45, NB not pictured.
This is a very good condition Selmer Soprano Sax, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.
It is more than ever a case of "buyer beware" as many companies who advertise their clarinets as made within the UK or USA are, whilst legally permitted to do so, misleading their customers. The Silver plated key work is in good throughout, with only slight signs of wear.
The wood is in good condition, but there are surface marks, consistent with its age.
Jean Louis Buffet was already making musical instruments as early as the 1840's. If you come across an "F" preceding the serial number of an R13, this indicates that the instrument has been built to an A442 - A444 and is intended for use by European ensembles.