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Hi Guys,

I just bought a buffet R13 for $550. My question is on the back of the bell it has R13 and some space and a capital B engraved. What does the B stand for?

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Eric
 

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Some time in the 1990s Buffet started stamping the model and key on their barrels and bells that shipped with their clarinets.
(I.e. you have a Bb R13, a Festival would mention that, an RC Eb would say RC E, so on.)
 

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Yes, like TrueTone says, the "B" indicates that it's a bell for a Bb clarinet.

Which is odd, because, despite some accounts to the contrary around the internet, I'm not sure that they are actually different. I just put the bells from my Bb and A clarinets (stamped "B" and "A", respectively) onto a level surface and a level placed across the two reads perfectly flat. They both fit on both instruments and the diameter at the end of the flare is exactly the same. I don't have sophisticated enough equipment to measure the inside diameter, so I can't speak to that.

From the outside, the shapes don't look different to me. I'll have to try swapping them next time I play and seeing if there is any difference at all.
 

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The bigger question is how did you manage to get an R13 for so little? Great
price!

For all things clarinet check out www.woodwind.org and then the Clarinet BBoard for
a pretty comprehensive clarinet forum.
 

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Congratulations!

Just curious, from which period is your R13 (or what are the first four digits of the serial number)?
 
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