Buffet Crampon XXI Bb Professional Clarinet
Louis-Auguste Buffet and Hyacinthe Klosé were the first great innovators in the history of the clarinet in the nineteenth century, adapting Boehm’s mobile rings and rethinking the sound concept with the groundwork of the first poly-cylindrical bore. Robert Carrée, iconic figure of Buffet Crampon in the 20th century, in collaboration with Jacques Lancelot, perfected the fundamental acoustic techniques and refined the polycylindrical design concept of our bore families by creating the two legendary clarinets: the R13 and RC, released respectively in 1954 and 1975. At the end of the 20th century, Buffet Crampon revolutionized the structure of base materials with Greenline. Today, we start a revolution for the 21st century: a longer B-flat clarinet that pushes all boundaries. Eric Baret and our four testers, musicians Michel Arrignon, Nicolas Baldeyrou, Martin Fröst, and Paul Meyer, are proud to present the BCXXI.
- The lower joint of a B-flat clarinet extended by several centimetres in which a strategically placed resonance vent makes it possible to produce low E-flat with a full and vibrant sound. Overall, the entire chalumeau register is greatly improved thanks to its limited flare in favour of a longer cylinder.
- A shorter bell that no longer determines the accuracy of the fundamental notes E/B and F/C but serves as a resonator for the entire clarinet.
- A surprisingly stable and easy high register, thanks in part to the elongated bottom joint.
- A third fingering of Bb middle register that creates vibrations in the entire length of the instrument to produce a full and resonant sound. This new mechanism will also allow the musician to create new sequences without changing registers, or to revise certain fingerings used in the pieces of the repertoire.
- The balance of the left hand, especially G♯ /C♯, D/A, have been greatly improved.
- A slightly raised tone hole on D allowing a more ergonomic positioning of the left-hand fingers by keeping them on the same horizontal plane.
- Enjoy rediscovering the repertoire that includes a low Eb and composed in A to Bb.
- Finally, imagine aweight equivalent to a traditional clarinet thanks to its shorter bell and carbon fibre rings.