Buffet, BC20, B Flat Clarinet
When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought 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.
This is a BC20 Bb clarinet, which was recently taken in part exchange, with matching serial nos. F153373 dating to 1975, at this period Buffet Crampon were making only a limited number of extremely fine professional clarinets, and quality control at Buffet had not suffered the decline it was to undergo later. For this reason this period is commonly referred to as Buffet's "Golden Era". Buffet Crampon described this model as being designed for Recital and Orchestral playing. The Nickel Silver plated key work is in good order throughout, with only slight wear to the ring finger touch pieces, and throat G# key The wood is in excellent condition throughout with no cracks, damage or repairs. The key regulation is tight and there is no joint wobble. Like a current top of the range Buffet this instrument was made with hand selected unstained Grenadilla wood. The instrument has had a partial re-pad with Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads in our workshop. The m'piece is a used stock Buffet , in good condition. The Buffet brown leather case is also in good used condition.