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An extremely fine Buffet RC Bb clarinet in 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 prisitine, crack and repair free. All pieces are matching and original and stamped "Buffet". The plating overall is excellent, with no discernable wear, though Buffets from this period seem to have had the plating treated with an oil post-plating and this results in some discolouration to the plating over time. This Bb has S/N 571072 which dates to 2006, it was bought new by by student about to enter the RCM. He shortly began to concentrate on composing whilst at the RCM, and consequently this excellent instrument has seen little use. The instrument has mostly double bladder fish skin in good condition, whilst the more worn pads have been replaced with tan leather. The supplied mouthpiece is an upgrade to a professional model Vandoren 5RV. The case is the original in good condition, it comes with the still wrapped keys.