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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001155.txt from 1999/04

From: "Mark A. Charette" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: [k] The Moennig Challenge
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 21:04:26 -0400

On Wed, 28 Apr 1999 wrote:

> I was very interested in Mark Charette's response, dated 23 Apr 1999,
> especially about the 22000 series Buffet and the R-13 designation. Mark,
> perhaps you may remember that I seemed to have started a discussion about the
> R-13 clarinet when I was inquiring about the fingering on my Buffet R-16 3/4,
> SN 22516 which was manufactured around 1936-7. There were quite a few
> individuals who claimed there was no such thing as an R-13 manufactured
> during this period although I have Buffet literature from 1941 that shows
> several model Buffet clarinets from the R-13 to my R-16 3/4. I am wondering
> if your message reflects that these clarinets did, in fact, exist and were
> designated as such by Buffet (Crampon & Cie). Thanks for allowing me to
> respond. Wes Franklin

Francois Kloc did some research at the Buffet museum which indicates that
the R-13 designation was an "Americanism", not a designation from the
French factory - the "R-13" appellation was by the American importer of
the instruments. The confusion lies in the usage of "R-13" meaning the
polycylindrical design by R. Carree' . The polycylindrical design was not
manufactured, at least by Buffet's records, until the early/mid 1950s.
Whether or not some _prototypes_ were developed in the last 40s/early 50s
is being researched.


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