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 My first R-13
Author: Keil 
Date:   1999-07-31 13:16

I get my first R-13 in August i am so excited!!! What is the best way to break it in and keep it looking beautiful? Also how long do you think it will take for the Buffet logo to wear away on the barrel and top joint? Do orange peels really help?

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 RE: My first R-13
Author: Mark Charette 
Date:   1999-07-31 15:01

You will receive a booklet with your new R13 with care instructions. Follow it. (I'll be putting a copy of it up on the site - soon).

If you have specific questions not covered in the booklet contact Francois Kloc at Felix1297@aol.com.

I'm going to see if I can get Francois to drop by the BBoard from time to time ...

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 RE: My first R-13
Author: Daniel 
Date:   1999-08-01 05:52

The rate at which the wood loses it's polish and the logos wear off depends on the chemicals in your natural body oils. My logos and the wood looks the same as the day it was new and i've had my horn for 7 years.

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 RE: My first R-13
Author: Laura 
Date:   1999-08-01 10:59

Its strange, i've had my Bb Buffet RC for 4 years, and the logos have nearly all worn off (except the one on the bottom joint), but on my A clarinet, they look nearly as good as new, and i've had that about 3 months less that the Bb. It may be because I don't play the A so much, but its still wierd!

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 RE: My first R-13
Author: Fat Albert (hey, hey, hey!) 
Date:   1999-08-01 23:41

If you are concerned about the logos wearing off, it might be a good idea for you to seal them with some of that clear arcrylic paint. Take an extremely-fine-tip paint brush, dip it in the bottle of paint, and trace around the logo very carefully and slowly. Do not put any more paint on than you will need, and make sure it does not smear, as too much paint on the clarinet will tend to affect your tone. I have used this method, and my logos lookas good as new! This method worked for me, but I can not guarantee it will work for you...Good luck! Enjoy your R13! :-)

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 RE: My first R-13
Author: Mark Charette 
Date:   1999-08-01 23:56

Fat Albert (hey, hey, hey!) wrote:
Do not put any more paint on than you will need, and make sure it does not smear, as too much paint on the clarinet will tend to affect your tone.
I doubt very, very much that the acrylic would affect anything, as long as none gets into any pads or tone holes.

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 RE: My first R-13
Author: Lelia 
Date:   1999-08-02 17:15

The logo is crayon. If it rubs off (most do eventually), you can renew it easily by selecting the matching crayon from a box of Crayola 64. My old Buffet has a white logo. Many other logos are non-metallic gold. You can buy a special logo crayon in gold from Ferree's Tools, but I've found that Crayolas actually match the colors better. Rub the crayon very lightly across the logo. Then rub across at right angles. Then rub on the diagonal. The idea is to go at it from different angles to get crayon into all the grooves of the logo. Then rub a facial tissue lightly over the whole logo and the area around it, until the extra crayon all rubs off. The logo will look as bright as new.

One caveat: this technique is not good for a clarinet that's so old the wood has "checked" (the grains of the wood have opened), because the crayon can get into those grains and give the logo a streaky, unreadable look. Also, if the clarinet is a hundred years old, it would look a little funny to have a spanking-new-looking logo on it. But that's a consideration only with antique or old clarinets.

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