Buffet, BC20 B Flat Clarinet
When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought the Buffet Crampon company he felt that though the R13 sold well in the USA, different models would be more successful in Europe. The S1, Continentale and BC20, which evolved into the RC, were all attempts to make darker, more focused sounding clarinets. The great French player, Jacques Lancelot was particularly associated with the development of the BC20 model, which was launched in the 1960's.
This is a BC 20 Bb clarinet with matching serial nos. F95697 dating to 1967, this period is known as Buffet Crampon's "Golden Era" and their quality control and manufacturing standards were thenexemplary. In addition there are further matching serial numbers on both joints, 16888, which may have been added later by an owner as a security precaution. The key work is in Silver plate, which is in very good condition, indeed the quality of this plating puts contemporary Buffet standards to shame. The wood is excellent throughout with no cracks, damage or repairs. The key regulation is tight and there is no joint wobble. The clarinet has just been completely overhauled by Clarinets Direct in fish skin pads and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The m'piece is an up-grade to a good condition used Vandoren. The case is an original Buffet, with some interior stains and exterior scuffs, it comes with the keys.