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BUFFET S1 Bb CLARINET, 1195

A very good condition Buffet S1 clarinet in Nickel 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. 136199, which dates to 1973, an exceptionally fine period of manufacture at Buffet Crampon.   There is only slight wear to the plating, mainly on the RH rings, the plating is approximately 98%. 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, the worst of which is photographed see photo 10, there are no cracks or repairs. This clarinet has recently been re-padded in finest Pisoni Tan leather deluxe pads, the condition of which is perfect. The first side key & register key are padded in cork. 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 hard shell case is in fine shape.