Date: 2019-11-20 17:32
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I like to troll my local online yard sale sites for deals and periodically look up clarinets just to see what is there. Yesterday I found a "wooden Buffet" for $180. When I looked at the pictures they included what can be seen of the serial number, which starts with 107 but I can't tell if there are 5 or 6 numbers total. I contacted the seller and he is going to check tonight after work. He said he thought the numbers had been filed but it just looks faded from the picture (attached). IF there are six numbers, I think it would be a 1969 R13, correct? There are no visible logos on the instrument in the picture, but I know my 1977 R13 logos had faded to the point where only one was slightly visible before I got it restored, so that may not mean anything.
I have a 7th grade son that plays clarinet and currently has a plastic Yamaha and an intermediate wooden Selmer my dad got used for $200 that isn't that great. Assuming this is an R13, would it be worth buying for that price and having it overhauled as a Christmas present, or is there too much risk not knowing the history? The seller says it was his mother's and that it is playable so I could at least try it, but am no tech. I wouldn't be able to spot anything but the obvious bent key or crack and check the seal.