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A matched pair of Buffet RC clarinets in Nickel plate. When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon in the mid 1970's 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. These RC clarinets are extremely rare and fine. They are part of the very first production batch specifically targeted at the UK market. Both intruments carry a UK stamp and, most unusually, both have unique custom Buffet Crampon bells modelled after the English Boosey and Hawkes fashion. Perhaps Buffet felt that the English profesional player would attract less flak if his bells fitted in with the rest of the section! Certainly it is hard to remember now, how much resistance then the Buffet marque attracted from British professional players. The RC did find much more favour in the UK, than the R13: It had a more relaxed warm tone, which did attract many UK players. The Bb, serial no. 159802, is in very fine condition, there are no cracks or repairs. There is very little wear to the plating and the key regulation is tight, there is no joint wobble. Both instruments have had recent re-pads in fish skin pads. The A has S/N 161498, which also dates to 1975, there is no damage to the wood, though the plate shows a slight "cloudiness" but there is only a little wear. There are 4 barrles, of 60,61, 62 & 63mm respectively. This instruments play with a dark, focused sound and excellent evenness and intonation, they were manufactured as Buffet's top professional instruments with unstained Grenadilla wood, and sold for more than the R13. Today one would have to spend over 5000 on RC Prestige instruments, and choose from a large number of examples, to get anything of like quality. The case is the original, in good condition. The mouthpiece is an original David Hite, in superb used condition. .