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 R-13 overhaul
Author: Sarah 
Date:   1999-09-09 19:38

I have a Buffet R-13 that I bought about four years ago. Besides just needing to have the pads replaced, I would like to get an overhaul done to fix some of the intonation problems and uneveness. There are some so-so music stores where I live that have repair shops, but I'm looking for something a little more extensive. Can anyone recommend a good place to look?

Sarah

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 RE: R-13 overhaul
Author: Mark Charette 
Date:   1999-09-09 20:40

Sarah wrote:
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I have a Buffet R-13 that I bought about four years ago. Besides just needing to have the pads replaced, I would like to get an overhaul done to fix some of the intonation problems and uneveness. There are some so-so music stores where I live that have repair shops, but I'm looking for something a little more extensive. Can anyone recommend a good place to look?
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You can give Francois Kloc at Buffet in Chicago a call. He's fixed intonation and uneveness problems on many a Buffet clarinet for free. Can't hurt!


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 RE: R-13 overhaul
Author: Daniel 
Date:   1999-09-09 21:28

If you wanna pay an arm and a leg plus a few organs, Tim Clark, Clark Fobes, and Brannen Woodwinds do fine work. I know Tim Clark usually has a waiting list several months long. (aside: Last summer at the Ohio ClarinetFest, a friend of mine scheduled a time to send his horns to Tim about 5 months after ClarinetFest.) Brannen is probably similar. I'm not sure about Clark's schedule.. and i think he's a bit less expansive as the others.

I personally use a repair guy in Davenport, IA. An overhaul for an R-13 only costs around $300 or so and he usually does more work than required for a standard overhaul. Last Spring, i sent my Selmer Mark VII alto in for a repad... about a $230 job. And he sent it back with about $475 in repairs that i never knew it needed (and some i knew it needed but weren't terribly crucial at the time) at no additional charge. I had my clarinet in and out in just over a week (shipping to and from Houston, TX included in the time frame), and my sax in and out in two.

I don't have his info handy at the moment but if you're interested in getting in touch with him, feel free to e-mail me and i can find his card.

Daniel

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 RE: Clark Fobes
Author: Gary Van Cott 
Date:   1999-09-13 02:34

Someone on the klarinet list said that Clark Fobes had stopped doing repair work and was just making his barrels and mouthpieces (and playing of course). Too bad.

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