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.
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.