very good condition
Buffet S1 Bb clarinet in Silver plate. 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. In the case of the S1 this is partly achieved by
much less undercutting.
This Bb has matching serial nos. F153517, which dates to 1975
an exceptionally fine period of manufacture at Buffet Crampon, commonly referred to as "The Golden Era".
There is only slight wear to the plating, mainly on the RH rings,
the plating is approximately 98%. Indeed the plating
and finish on this clarinet is of such a high standard that it contrasts sharply
with more recently manufactured professional models from Buffet. The clarinet has just been
down to our workshop and the key
regulation is tight, there is no joint wobble. The wood is in good condition,
with only minor surface scuffs, there are no cracks or repairs.
This clarinet has good condition fish skin pads throughout.
S1 clarinet plays with a robust, focused sound and excellent evenness
and intonation. In the past players such as John McCaw and Mitchell
Lurie played S1's. The Buffet brown leather case is in fine shape, and the mouthpiece is a used Vandoren B45.