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An extremely fine Buffet RC Bb clarinet in Nickel Silver plate, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Buffet RC model was launched in 1975, and named after Robert Carree, who had had a long career with Buffet Crampon, which culminated in him being chief designer. The RC places the speaker tube higher, and features a slighter wider initial polycylindrical bore than the R13. Most players find this results in a warmer, more "spread" tone, than the R13.
There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. All pieces are matching and original and stamped "Buffet". The plating overall is excellent, with no discernible wear, indeed at this period the quality of Buffet's plating was so fine, that this could almost be mistaken for Silver plate. The Bb has S/N F177049 which dates to 1977, at this time this was the finest professional model that Buffet manufactured, it was sold at 20% more than the cost of an R13. The instrument has been down to our workshop for a thorough "check down" and re-pad as necessary. All pads are double bladder fish skin in good condition. The supplied mouthpiece is an upgrade to a professional model Vandoren B45. The case is a "Protech" in excellent condition. The interior is well made and padded, and there as several handy exterior pouches for accessories and music.