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MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET RC CLARINETS, £3295
An extremely rare and fine matched pair of Buffet RC clarinets.
This pair have only had one professional owner, and are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.
They have an outstanding provenance, having been hand selected by the owner, and her then professor at the RCM,
the late Dame Thea King, from Buffet, Pages Walk, in London in 1975.
When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon
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 became the RC, were all attempts to make darker,
more focused sounding clarinets.
They are part of the earliest production specifically targeted at the UK market and
both intruments carry a UK stamp. As part of that initial production run,
these instruments were the finest and most expensive Buffet clarinets of the period,
priced at approximately 15% more than the contemporary R13.
The RC did sell very well: It had a more relaxed warm tone than the R13,
which attracted many UK players.