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Online DaveLeBlanc

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Buffet RC vs R13
« on: October 05, 2019, 09:26:20 AM »
I have noticed that the Buffet RC sells for less, and less often than the R13.

Why is that? The RC is supposed to be an upgrade, or evolution of the R13, but they sell only infrequently on eBay. Checking sold listings, they sell as low as $800 as-is, and I don't see any recent sales for a restored one.

Compared to the R13, which sells like hotcakes.

It this just because the R13 is a household name, whereas the RC is not?

On a related not, does this make the RC the greatest sleeper?
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Re: Buffet RC vs R13
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2019, 03:57:24 AM »
The RC is (supposedly) more popular in Europe , R13 more popular in the US.
I tried both in Bb and liked R13 better. My wife (string player) also said she liked sound of r13 more than sound of RC.
The shop I went to only had one of each.

Also, I had an A RC from 1990es and compared that with another player's R13 of dimilar age- I also liked the sound of R13 more. My RC just did not have the "color". Again, only one of each was compared.

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Re: Buffet RC vs R13
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2019, 10:12:39 AM »
Interesting, thanks for the info!
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Re: Buffet RC vs R13
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2019, 06:19:29 PM »
Well I went ahead and purchased a silver-plated RC for $700 cash from a Presbyterian reverend in front of a grocery store.

Never thought I'd type that sentence, but here we are.

I sure hope I can make a little profit here. About 4 months ago I purchased a 1960 Buffet R13, restored it, and then it took the full 4 months to sell, and for only $1200 at that.
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