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BUFFET S1 Bb CLARINET, 1195

A superb condition Buffet S1 clarinet in Nickel 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 S1 Bb has matching serial nos. 138072, which dates to 1973, this is in the middle of the period which is commonly called the "Golden Era", and instruments from this time are considered the best of post war Buffet manufacture. The clarinet has been down to our workshop and has just been completely overhauled in Pisoni fish skin pads, it is sold with our full 1 year warranty.  The wood is in excellent condition, there are no cracks or repairs. An adjustable thumb rest has been fitted by the former owner who has taken excellent care of this instrument, unfortunatelty she now finds it necessary to play a plateau clarinet, which is why this clarinet is offered for sale. 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 original hard shell case is in excellent shape, and is supplied with dust cover. The mouthpiece is an "as new" Vandoren M30.