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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. The great French player, Jacques Lancelot was particularly associated with the development of the BC20 model.
This is a BC 20 Bb clarinet serial no. F117216 dating to 1970. This, therefore, is right in the middle of Buffet Crampon's so called "Golden Era", instruments from this period are particularly sought after. Buffet Crampon descibed this model as being designed for Recital and Orchestral playing. The key work is in bright Silver plate, with only one slight patch of wear on the RH F#/C# key. The wood is excellent throughout with no cracks, damage or repairs. The key regulation is tight and there is no joint wobble. The instrument has had a complete overhaul & re-pad in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads and is sold with a full years' Clarinets Direct warranty. The m'piece is a brand new student model. The Buffet brown leather case is used, but in good condition. .