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A-clarinet - Buffet Crampon - S 1

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Standard/Factory Setup
System: Boehm
Bore: 14,65mm Poly-cylindrical
Tone holes: undercut tone holes
Ringkeys: 17 keys & 6 rings
Pitch: 440/442
Material: Grenadilla-African blackwood - Mpingo-Dalb
Padtype: Leather pads & cork registerpad
Keymaterial: Nickel silver silverplated
Range: To low E
Joints: Tapered wood with cork
Thumb sup.: Adjustable
Springs: Blue steel springs
Barrels: 65 mm
Bell: Unplated nickelsilver bellring, New bell model with flat bottom surface
Lever: Metalpin
Extra: Adjusting screws for G#
Case: Brown woodencasein artificial leater
Mouthpiece  none

 
 
 
 


Lohff & Pfeiffer comments to the model
The Buffet Crampon S 1 used to be the little brother to the professional BC 20 and was produced from the 1960 until about 1985.

The bore is similar to the RC and both models were build for 442Hz. If you come along one, don’t be surprised how good it sounds. The biggest difference compared to modern clarinet has less to do with the design then with the way it was build. The wood was naturally aged and the majority of keys were casted, which was the technology of the time. They were less precise then modern keys. If a BC 20 or S 1 is properly restored, got new rods and screws it can be an excellent instrument.

The S 1 was marketed in Europe and Asia. Instruments with a serial number starting with F, are built for 442Hz.
The sound is full and round. Older instruments often have a sharp pitch. This can be corrected with a bore replacement. See also LP bore restauration.






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