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An extremely fine Buffet RC clarinet in A. This instrument has had only had one professional owner, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. 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, 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 A has S/N 201522, which dates to 1980, there is no damage to the wood, which is in superb condition. The Nickel silver plate is also in excellent shape, around 98%. The instrument has just been completely overhauled by Clarinets Direct and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. This clarinet plays with a dark, focused sound and excellent evenness and intonation. It was manufactured as Buffet's top professional instrument with unstained Grenadilla wood. Today one would have to spend over 3000 on an RC Prestige instrument, and choose from a large number of examples, to get anything of like quality. The case is the Buffet original, in good condition, with a fine plush interior.