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BUFFET RC A CLARINET, £1345
An extremely fine Buffet RC clarinet in A.
This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.
It has an excellent provenance, having originally been owned by
Jo Patton, initially of the RLPO, and now co-principal clarinet of the CBSO.
The instrument was then bought by a professional player whilst a student of Jo
Patton's. He has just collected a Tosca A clarinet from ourselves and this
excellent clarinet is now offered to the market.
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.
This instrument was the finest and most expensive Buffet clarinet of the period,
before the introduction of the Prestige range, and was
priced at approximately 15% more than the contemporary R13.
The RC model did sell very well: It had a more relaxed warm tone than the R13,
which attracted many UK players. This instrument would pair well with no.13 on the "clarinets" page.