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 "A" Buffet R13 - new or used
Author: clartab 
Date:   2018-03-21 23:54

Looking for an "A" Buffet R13 clarinet. Need input for a new vs. used.
My reading has brought to light the grenadilla wood used for newer R13 Buffet clarinets is not as good as older models. Thoughts?

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 Re: "A" Buffet R13 - new or used
Author: Caroline Smale 
Date:   2018-03-22 03:27

Yes true - in general the wood on the older models was better.
However the playing quality of a clarinet depends on many other things as well, so in the end you have to play it to find out.
But in principle if (big if) you can find an older "A" R13 in good condition, then the chances are that it could be better than a new one.

2 other pluses
Older wood is more stable and less likely to crack
"A" clarinets tend to lead a more gentle life and so likely to suffer less wear.

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 Re: "A" Buffet R13 - new or used
Author: Wes 
Date:   2018-03-22 08:20

I own a 1921 Buffet A clarinet in one piece, full Boehm that is beautiful, uncracked, and good player, but not an R13 and also have a great R13 A from 1998 in great condition.

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