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Title: Vintage Buffet R13 - barrel help
Post by: Flowerchild76 on February 14, 2022, 06:50:57 AM
Hi all,

New poster here. I recently purchased a vintage Buffet R-13 (Serial #110xxx) as a step-up for my DC. Everything looks and sounds great but for the barrel, which is wood and looks like it matches the rest of the instrument but there are NO markings/stamps on it. Am I to assume, then, it isn't the original? I suppose it doesn't matter but I am curious. Thank you all in advance!
Title: Re: Vintage Buffet R13 - barrel help
Post by: brigaltman on February 20, 2022, 09:38:35 PM
Your assumption is correct. Wood barrels can warp over time. Having a replacement barrel is not uncommon. If you're happy with the performance of the instrument, you're all set. If not, try some other barrels. Have you checked to see if it plays in tune? You may want to get a shorter or longer barrel.
Title: Re: Vintage Buffet R13 - barrel help
Post by: Flowerchild76 on February 24, 2022, 04:10:54 PM
That is great information, thank you! So far, we are very happy with it. I will consider other barrels at some point, surely. For the time being, it seems to play in tune so it's off to new musical adventures!
Title: Re: Vintage Buffet R13 - barrel help
Post by: DaveLeBlanc on March 31, 2022, 01:50:57 PM
On any given wooden clarinet, the barrel is the most likely to crack completely through. Can't tell you how many woods I've gone through where the body is relatively decent, but the barrel looks like George Washington got to it with his cleaver.