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 R-13 Undercut Tone Holes ??
Author: Bill 
Date:   2001-04-13 21:25

I purchased an R-13 in December of 2000. I checked the serial number on the Boosey/Buffet site, and its year of manufacture is 1997. So, I purchased new, very old stock. I'm not complaining, because it plays well and I like to think the wood is nicely aged.

I can't tell by looking in the bore, if the tone holes are undercut. Does anyone know approximately when undercutting started for the R-13?

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 RE: R-13 Undercut Tone Holes ??
Author: Fred 
Date:   2001-04-13 21:54

You are very safe. I think the year was around 1955.

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 RE: R-13 Undercut Tone Holes ??
Author: Jim 
Date:   2001-04-14 04:27

Anytime i purchase a new product (not instruments) that has a rather old manufacturing date I wonder where it has been in the interim. On a product that expensive it means some company has quite a bit of cash tied up in inventory. Look at it this way, your warranty began quite a ways into the aging process.

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 RE: R-13 Undercut Tone Holes ??
Author: Bill 
Date:   2001-04-14 10:01

I read or misread that Buffet started undercutting R-13 tone holes during the last couple of years. I had the impression it was recent, and can't see that the tone holes are indeed undercut. Must take an "expert" eye.

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 RE: R-13 Undercut Tone Holes ??
Author: Dee 
Date:   2001-04-14 12:38

Bill wrote:
>
> I read or misread that Buffet started undercutting R-13
> tone holes during the last couple of years. I had the
> impression it was recent, and can't see that the tone holes are
> indeed undercut. Must take an "expert" eye.

If you read Buffet's description of their "Vintage R-13," which duplicates the original R-13 of the 1950s, you will find that it states that it has undercut tone holes.

I've read that the undercutting is indeed subtle and that it can't be seen with the naked eye. You have to measure to tell that it is there.

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 RE: R-13 Undercut Tone Holes ??
Author: Ken Shaw 
Date:   2001-04-16 19:00

Bill -

Hold the upper joint up to your eye with the finger holes facing down and the top end pointed toward a window. Look up the bottom end at the left ring finger hole. You'll see that it's noticeably larger at the bottom than the top. You'll see the same thing if you look down the top of the lower joint, where the finger holes will be larger at the bottom than the top.

Best regards.

Ken Shaw

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 RE: R-13 Undercut Tone Holes ??
Author: Bill 
Date:   2001-04-16 20:57

Ken: Wow!!! How could I miss something so obvious (rhetorical question). Thanks to all.

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