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 Need help with my Buffet e12
Author: Themornsun 
Date:   2018-02-17 22:06

I can't find a lot of information on this clarinet. I purchased it used years ago and it has beautiful tone. It's wood. It also has 2 serial numbers which confuse me. The one of the first joint starts with 317 and the bottom joint is 396.

Since it has two serial numbers is it worthless?
Thanks for your inout

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 Re: Need help with my Buffet e12
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2018-02-18 01:41

Maybe it had a top joint transplant and the donor top joint was from another clarinet, or someone just mixed them up accidentally. Provided they're both the same model body joints and there aren't any tuning nor mechanical problems, then that shouldn't have any negative effect on its value.

What I would like to know was the older E12 (not to be confused with the more recent E12F) a Schreiber-built or Buffet-built clarinet? I've never seen them offered for sale in the UK - only the E11 (Schreiber) or E13 (Buffet) were the more popular entry level wooden and intermediate model clarinets in the Buffet lineup.

Chris.

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 Re: Need help with my Buffet e12
Author: Themornsun 
Date:   2018-02-18 01:48

Thank you for your reply. As I was trying to research it today it appears that it replaced the Evette . I honestly have no idea though because I can't find a lot of information on the Buffet E12. And no it isn't an E12F, it's stamped that it was made in Germany.

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 Re: Need help with my Buffet e12
Author: kdk 2017
Date:   2018-02-18 03:21

Themornsun wrote:

> Since it has two serial numbers is it worthless?

Worthless from what perspective?

It wouldn't have any value to a collector in any case. People don't collect E12s.

If you're using it and it plays well, it has value for you and would presumably have similar value to someone else looking for an instrument of that caliber. If you bought it with the idea of reselling it, it ought to be worth whatever the current market value of similar clarinets is.

Probably, the original upper joint wile still under warrantee cracked or was damaged in some other way. Rather than try to repair it, Buffet elected to replace the joint.

Karl

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 Re: Need help with my Buffet e12
Author: Themornsun 
Date:   2018-02-18 03:52

The value to someone else to play it is what I am looking for. I apologize for not making that clear. When I purchased it a long time ago I didn't think to ask for serial numbers. Since then I have noticed that people ask for them frequently.

While the instrument plays nice and I had the pads replaced, I haven't picked it up in a few years so was looking at selling it.

In the end, I will probably just keep it and maybe my grandkids will play it.

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 Re: Need help with my Buffet e12
Author: Themornsun 
Date:   2018-02-18 05:23





Post Edited (2018-02-18 05:24)

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