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 ultra rare Continentale Bb clarinet
serial no. F85868 dating to 1966. The Continentale design features higher placement of the
speaker tube, and significantly less undercutting of the upper joint, this results in
a darker, more focussed, tone than the R13, with a typical Buffet "sweetness".
Buffet Crampon advertised the Continentale as ideal for Chamber Music.
This instrument was manufactured, right in the middle of
Buffet Crampon's so called "Golden Era",
and the intonation and response are much superior to contemporary Buffet manufacture.
The Nickel Silver plating is pristine. The Grenadilla wood is in excellent condition throughout:
No cracks 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 the original Buffet C,
in ebonite, in good condition.
This tunes the instrument right down to A=440Hz, despite the F prefix this instrument does not want to play at A=442!
The original Buffet case is showing its age: The exterior lining is worn, and the interior is stained,
however it still functions and protects the clarinet well.