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 an excellent condition BC20 Bb clarinet, with matching serial nos. F171884, dating to 1976, 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 Silver plated key work is in good order throughout, with no wear. The clarinet features a LH Ab/Eb key and hand selected unstained Grenadilla wood, making it equivalent to modern Buffet Prestige specification. The wood is in excellent condition throughout with no cracks, damage or repairs, though there is one minor chip to the bottom of the lower joint, see photo 9. The key regulation is tight and there is no joint wobble. The instrument has finest white leather pads throughout in excellent condition. The m'piece is a used Selmer C85 115 , in good condition. The Buffet brown leather case is also in excellent used condition & comes with the keys.