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 Buffet R-13 with
Author: tyleman 
Date:   2021-10-07 17:51

I recently acquired an R-13 with an "F" before the five digit serial number (61xxx). I understand these were made for orchestras that tune A442-444.

Is there any interest in a clarinet like this? Is it saleable?



Post Edited (2021-10-07 19:15)

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 Re: Buffet R-13 with
Author: donald 
Date:   2021-10-08 00:36

There seems to be 2 stories going around (both from reputable sources, so may both have been true at some point)
- F model clarinets exactly the same as non F, just sold with 1mm shorter barrels...
- F model sold with shorter barrels AND fine tuned slightly differently at the end of the manufacturing process.
Either way, there are lots of players using F models clarinets at A=440 (just with a longer barrel).

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 Re: Buffet R-13 with
Author: tyleman 
Date:   2021-10-08 10:13

Donald - many thanks for the info.

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 Re: Buffet R-13 with
Author: m1964 
Date:   2021-10-08 14:50

tyleman wrote:

"I recently acquired an R-13 with an "F" before the five digit serial number (61xxx). I understand these were made for orchestras that tune A442-444.

Is there any interest in a clarinet like this? Is it saleable?"

It looks like earlier Buffets made for European market, had an "F" prefix and came with 65mm barrels. The USA models did not have a prefix and came with 66mm barrels.
The latest Buffets do not have the prefix and come with two barrels, 66mm and 65mm.

You may try to contact Buffet (USA or France) directly and see what they say.

IMHO, if it tunes well to 440Hz (w/ barrel pulled 1-2 mm) and is in tune within itself, I do not see a problem.

Although, about a year ago I was offered a RC Prestige that had an F prefix (from early 2K years) and that one had throat notes out of tune (very high).

So it depends on the particular instrument.

Being able to tune to 442 can be beneficial when playing in halls/churches that are not heated well (in winter time), at least at the beginning of the rehearsal or concert when the instrument is still cold- it will tune to 440.



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