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. These days Buffet's current top of the range model is the BCXX1 a fitting homage to the excellent BC20 design.
This clarinet, with matching serial nos. F211038 dating to 1981, is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. At this period Buffet 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. Buffet Crampon described this model as being designed for Recital and Orchestral playing. The Silver plated key work is in good order throughout, with no wear. 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 full re-pad with Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads in our workshop & is sold with our 1 year warranty. The m'piece is a used ebonite C Buffet , in good condition. The plush lined case is also in good used condition.