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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 BC20 Bb clarinet with matching serial nos. F122541 dating to 1971, 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". In addition to the Buffet serial numbers, this instrument has a further set of matching serial numbers, 20889, these were probably added as a security or insurance precaution. Buffet Crampon descibed this model as being designed for Recital and Orchestral playing. The Silver plated key work is in excellent order throughout, with no discernable wear. 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 with Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads , and it is sold with a full years' Clarinets Direct warranty. The m'piece is a used Vandoren B45 spot, in good condition. The sturdy case is also in good condition, and comes with the keys. .