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A fine Buffet RC Prestige Bb clarinet The instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and this clarinet was chosen new from many examples at Howarths and used as a "doubling" instrument in many shows in London's West End. Buffet Crampon is the undisputed finest volume maker of clarinets in the World today. This clarinet is one of their most desirable models, a RC Prestige.
The instrument is in good condition, and has S/N 454733 dating to 2000. Shortly after it was bought new, the upper joint cracked, and Howarths suggested substituting a different joint, with S/N 392083. This joint susequently developed a minor surface crack, which does not go through to the bore; it was filled, glued and sealed, see photo 11. The Silver plating is in good order throughout, with only slight patches of wear. This clarinet was the first Buffet design to feature a voicing groove in the bell to improve the lowest pitches. The intonation and response are outstanding. The pads are mainly tan leather in excellent condition, and the instrument has gone down to our workshop for a thorough check down, with pads replaced as necessary. The m'piece is an original stock Buffet. The supplied single case is brand new.