Notes from Brad Behn:

 

The golden era of clarinet manufacturing started in the mid-1950s and lasted until the early 1960s. Indeed there are some sweet spots in the 1980s as well, but the R13 clarinets from that era are very different than those of the golden era. Furthermore, Buffet clarinets were in constant evolution throughout their early years and one can discern obvious change in intonation, response, and tone throughout the two-decade golden era.  

 

Here we have a 60,XXX series R13 placing it smack dab in the center of the golden era—1959. Handmade from select wood, instruments from the late 50s and early 60s were detailed by craftsmen with beautiful artisanship. Their tonal sensibilities, the time they invented in each instrument's creation, and the sweet ringing sound of these instruments are lost in today's modern world.  

 

This clarinet is in moderate condition, it has been serviced with Valentino pads throughout. For professional use, it would benefit from an artist setup. It plays well, however, and it would serve amateurs very well as is.  

 

When I received it, I noticed a small hairline crack which I repaired with glue. The crack was just above the register key-hole, and it ran a short distance. The crack didn't interfere with the tone hole or the tenon.  The crack never reopened or caused further concern. This leads me to believe it is merely a surface blemish and won't be of any concern.

 

This clarinet has a beautiful sound. It possesses that wonderful golden era combo of flexibility and sweetness of tone. It has crisp response, its intonation is better than normal for that time period, and it has plenty of life left. Regarding intonation, as was common in those days, the high B and C tended sharp. This instrument does a little as well, but not severely. It can be voiced in tune.

 

Jazz and studio musicians love these older instruments for their wonderful sound and flexibility. But it is my opinion that anyone would benefit from this nice clarinet. If you have always wanted a golden era instrument but were reluctant to take a risk, now is your opportunity to try. As always, all of our items come with a one-week return policy.

 

This clarinet has all the original parts, the keys are unplated german silver (nickel silver), and the serial numbers match on the two large joints. A case is NOT included but could be made available for an additional $100. If you desire a mouthpiece, we will offer any of our mouthpieces at 25% discount with purchase of this clarinet.

Golden Era Buffet B-flat R13 Clarinet 60,XXX

$1,399.00Price
  • Try it—if you like it, you can keep it. If not, send it back for a refund. Returned merchandise will only be accepted if postmarked within 7 days of the delivery date. All returned items must be in original condition and packaging. Upon completion of inspection, your refund will be processed within one week of receipt. Any merchandise returned late or damaged will be considered sold and will be returned at your expense. Please contact us if you have special concerns.

     

    If you qualify for free shipping but then return item(s) for a refund, your refund amount may be reduced by the amount of the original shipping cost.

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