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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 very good condition BC20 Bb clarinet with matching serial nos. F115074, dating to 1970. This period is known as Buffet's "Golden Era", as quality control at Buffet had not suffered the decline it was to undergo later. Buffet Crampon descibed this model as being designed for Recital and Orchestral playing. The Nickel Silver plated key work is in very good order throughout, with only slight wear to the RH ring keys. The wood is excellent throughout with no cracks, damage or repairs, apart from a crack to the bell rim, see photos 8 & 9. The key regulation is tight and there is no joint wobble. The instrument has had a complete overhaul & re-pad with Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads , and it is sold with a full years' Clarinets Direct warranty. The B&H case is also in good condition, and latches well.