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Buffet Crampon & Cie A. Paris Clarinet Made in France ???

pete

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Well, it's not an R13. If this is an older pro Buffet, which I think it is, the serial number maps to 1950. That's 5 years before the R13 was introduced.

Steve's our clarinet CE. Let's see if this works: @Steve
 

Steve

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Yes, it looks like the model that preceeded the R13 (which the R13 was introduced around 1955).
These are commonly called a "pre R13" for obvious reasons.
Buffet only had ONE professional instrument up until the 1960s, so there was no reason to put a model stamp on it.
their Intermediate was labeled a Evette-Schaeffer and their Student an Evette. Thus there was a clear distinction between models.

You can see a comparison here of an R13 and a Pre-R13 ==> http://www.clarinetperfection.com/clsnBuffet.htm#PreR13vR13

Serial number 38503 is from about 1950 ==> http://www.clarinetperfection.com/clsnBuffetSN.htm
 
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pete

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Hey, I get to be right on a clarinet question! Thanks, Steve!
 

Steve

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#5
If I recall correctly the 1950sh to 1955 "Pre-R13s" actually had a tapered bore and were wonderful players, nicely balanced from top to bottom.
I had one for a time and it was more powerful than the R13, a great jazz clarinet if one wanteda horn that can be pushed to more extreme dynamics.
 
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