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A-clarinet - Buffet Crampon - BC 20

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Standard/Factory Setup
System: Boehm
Bore: 14,65mm Poly-cylindrical
Tone holes: undercut tone holes
Ring keys: 17 keys & 6 rings
Material: Grenadilla-African blackwood - Mpingo-Dalb
Pad type: Leather pads & cork registerpad
Key material: Nickel silver silverplated
Range: To low E
Joints: Tapered wood with cork
Thumb rest: Adjustable
Springs: Blue steel springs
Barrels: 65 mm
Bell: Unplated nickelsilver bellring, New bell model with flat bottom surface
Lever: Metalpin
Case: Brown woodencasein artificial leater
Mouthpiece  none

About the model
BC 20

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

It was the upgrade model to the S1. 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 BC 20 was marketed in Europe and even longer in 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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