very fine condition
Buffet S1 Bb clarinet in Silver plate.
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 on the upper joint. Basically the polycylindrical bore design of the S1 differs only slightly
from that of the R13.
This Bb has matching serial nos. F206102, which dates to 1980.
At this point in time Buffet Crampon had not been taken over by Boosey & Hawkes, and had not
been forced to overproduce to meet the shortfall in supply left by the cessation of Boosey's own clarinet manufacture
at the Edgeware factory in London.
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 had
a complete overhaul in fish skin pads in our workshop, with all tenon and touch corks replaced.
It is "as new" and is sold with our full 1 year warranty.
The regulation is tight, there is no joint wobble. The wood is in good condition,
with only minor surface marks,
there are no cracks or repairs, excepting the bell which has a repair to the bell bottom, see
photo 9. This is an old stable repair which has no affect on the bore or response.
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 original Buffet case in black leather is functional, but has slight stains to the interior,
as well as exterior scuffs. The m'piece is a used Buffet C in ebonite in good condition.