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An excellent condition Buffet S1 clarinet in Silver plate, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. 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 serial no. F164429, which dates to 1976, an exceptionally fine period of manufacture at Buffet Crampon.   There is very little wear to the plating, only slight wear to the throat G# key, and the key regulation is tight, there is no joint wobble.  There is no damage to the wood, which is in fine order throughout. This clarinet has had only one amateur owner, and it has been very well cared for, in fact for its age, the condition is exceptionally fine. All pads are double bladder fish skin in good order, the instrument should be maintenance free for several months to come, given normal levels of use. The 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 m'piece is a brand new student model, as is the case, a new Stagg.