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PAIR OF BUFFET CRAMPON S1 CLARINETS, 1995

A matched pair of Buffet S1 clarinets in Nickel 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. The Bb serial no. 154453 is in very fine condition, there are two Teflon bands which are used to repair cracks on the upper joint, but I can see no sign of a crack, certainly there is no crack through to the bore: Therefore the repair must have done its work most efficiently, see photo 11.  There is very little wear to the plating and the key regulation is tight, there is no joint wobble.  Both instruments have had a full re-pad in Pisoni Premium Deluxe pads and are sold with a full years' warranty. The A has S/N 156171, which also dates to 1975,  there is no damage to the wood, though the plate shows a little wear mainly in the RH "pinky" keys. This instruments play 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 m'piece is a Chedeville SML, just relayed to 1.1mm by 17mm, and the case is the original, in good condition.