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A near mint condition Buffet RC A clarinet, which has come to Clarinets Direct as a commission sale from well known repairer, David Kyle. 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 did sell very well: It has a more relaxed warm tone than the R13, which attracts many UK players.
This A has matching S/N 324466, which dates to 1989. The instrument is "as new" with only wear to the logo stamp on the bell to stop it as being described as in mint condition. The Grenadilla wood throughout is in perfect condition without any marks or blemish. The Silver plate is pristine. This instrument has just had a full re-pad in double bladder fish skin pads, with all touch corks replaced, and tenon corks as necessary. The supplied barrel is an upgrade to a Prestige of 64.5mm. The case is again "as new" and is an upgrade to a Prestige model with combination locks. The mouthpiece is a brand new stock Buffet.