Buffet S1 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 S1 Bb has matching serial nos. F249981, which dates to 1983,
this was just prior to the Boosey & Hawkes takeover of Buffet,
and this period is commonly believed to be amongst the best periods of Buffet manufacture.
The instrument must be one of the last S1's ever made,
the Silver plate is pristine, as new. The clarinet has just been
down to our workshop and the key
regulation is tight, there is no joint wobble. The wood is in excellent condition,
there are no cracks or repairs.
This clarinet has had a complete repad in finest Pisoni fish skin pads,
and is sold with our full 1 year warranty.
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 hard shell case is in excellent shape, and is
supplied with the keys, still wrapped. The mouthpiece is an "as new" stock Buffet.