Buffet Crampon's 1193 Prestige bass clarinet is an excellent instrument that features amazing projection that will cut through any band or orchestra with ease. The overall sound is warm, focused and consistent throughout all ranges. The altissimo range is particularly easy to play with the right mouthpiece and reed combination. The rich quality in the lower register combined with the quintessential bass clarinet sound is sure not to disappoint.
Buffet Crampon’s Tosca bass clarinet is amazing! On first play I sensed how easy it is to play. The new bore design creates a sound that is soloistic in nature but is also warm and focused. Immediately I could tell the difference between the Prestige in sound and key performance. The instrument seems to do all the work for you as it almost has the feel of playing a Bb clarinet, especially when going over the break. This is perhaps due to the new and unique register key system. The keys are easy to reach (even for small hands) as it has a compact feel. Buffet replaced the right thumb low D with an alternate low Eb (Genius!) The consistency in tone and feel between each register is amazing. The intonation of the instrument is quite good. There is definitely an improvement in tuning in comparison to the Prestige, however, as with all instruments there are some inconsistencies.
We have regular stock of these instruments, which is very rare. This gives buyers an opportunity to gage the amazing feel and tone for themselves.