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BUFFET RC Bb CLARINET, 1195

A very fine Buffet RC clarinet in Silver 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. The RC, introduced in 1975, did find much more favour in the UK, than the R13: It had a more relaxed warm tone, which attracted many players.
This Bb has serial no. F488992 dating to 2001. The wood is excellent throughout with no cracks, damage or repairs. There is a only slight wear to the Silver plating, mainly on the throat G# & A keys, the first LH ring and register key. 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 instrument features an adjustable thumb rest. The m'piece is a used Buffet, in excellent condition. The original case is also in very good shape, and comes with the keys.