Beautiful nickel plating, with a very nice grain to the wood. I've even managed to restore the logos as best as I possibly could. No cracks, splits or repairs and Nickel Plating absolutely stunning and completely intact. I have completely overhauled this beautiful clarinet and it was worth it, do new pads everywhere, and new tenon & other corks where necessary.It's tone is incredibly beautiful and has that unmistakeable and destinctive R13 sound that just isn't there with new R13 models. This is exactly the reason why Buffet have brought out the Tradition and Vintage range and even then, at more than 3 times the price, they don't come close to this era of clarinet.
Mature wood of 60-80 years old, naturally seasoned. This clarinet was made at a time when quality meant everything. The only people who could afford these clarinets back then, were the professional players, so they had to be good.
This was also a time, when clarinets were carefully selected, often at the factory in France. To make matters worse, very few teachers know anything about clarinets which is why they direct you off to the local music shop when your clarinet develops a problem. Worse still, you're left to source your own clarinet without really knowing what to look out for. I was lucky to have studied at a time when learning how the clarinet functioned, was integral to learning how to play it, and I do know a nice clarinet when I see and play one. This clarinet will really leave you breathless, particularly if you get the mouthpiece combination correct.
We're obviously all different, but I found the Vandoren Traditional B45 works incredibly well. The 5RV also very good, as was the 11.6. You might want to try a B40 or M13 also. I can't stress enough just how sweet this clarinet sounds.Possibly the sweetest clarinet ever made at least it is when I play it! The item "Buffet Crampon R13 Bb Clarinet Golden Era 1973 Beautiful tone & Condition" is in sale since Friday, January 3, 2020. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments\Wind & Woodwind\Band & Orchestral\Clarinets". The seller is "clarinettomagico" and is located in Sidcup.
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