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A professional model Buffet BC20 clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. 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. F150679, dating to 1974. 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 Silver plated key work is in fairly good order throughout, with only slight wear to the RH ring keys, and the lower RH "pinky" keys, see photo 8. 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 only slightly used Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads , and it should be maintenance free for at least 12 months. The m'piece is the original Buffet B crown in ebonite. The original case, which is a 150th anniversary edition is also in good condition, and latches well.