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 Help Identifying Older Buffet
Author: Roxann 
Date:   2020-11-20 07:26

A friend has given me an older Buffet Bb clarinet. She said it's a "professional model." That is the extent of our information. The serial number is 18510. It has a hole in the middle joint that goes through the cork and it has a key that covers the hole. How could I go about finding out more information regarding this clarinet? I'd love to know its age and if it is, indeed, a "professional" model. I played it for a few minute today and it has a very mellow sound and seems to be in tune although I didn't hook up a tuner to it.
THANK YOU for any help you can give me in my search.

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 Re: Help Identifying Older Buffet
Author: jdbassplayer 
Date:   2020-11-20 19:03

Buffet only made one “model” as we know them today when this instrument was made. They were professional instrument back in the day, but aren’t built to modern standards and are more intermediate level. To get the most out of it you will need a large bore mouthpiece which can be hard to find unless it came with the original. Unofficially these are called “pre-R13s”. Even though there was only one model these were available with different keywork options from standard to full Boehm. This instrument has an articulated C#/G# which is the reason for the hole. It was made in 1936 based on the serial number.


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 Re: Help Identifying Older Buffet
Author: Roxann 
Date:   2020-11-23 08:33

THANK YOU! That is more information than I EVER imagined to learn. And I thank you for all of it. I am extremely grateful!

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