Another wonderful innovation from Buffet, the new Prestige bass clarinet with a removable low C extension is making waves in the bass clarinet community.
Buffet is the gold standard for bass clarinet construction, and the Prestige bass is a classic example. It is revered by orchestral and solo bass clarinetists alike for it’s beautiful depth of tone, projection in all registers and mechanical ease for the player.
With this model, the player can choose the “low Eb version” (which actually extends to a D, thanks to the key on the bell) or the “low C version,” which looks and feels just like the traditional Prestige low C. As you can see in the video below, the extension is easily added or removed, as the player wishes. The bass also comes with a smaller, lighter case compared to the traditional 1193 low C Prestige.
Prestige bass features include:
- Premium unstained African black wood
- Silver plated keywork and bell
- Poly-cylindrical bore
- Speaker key on bell (for improved resonance and response in the low register)
- Blue steel springs
- Adjustable thumb rest
- Undercut tone holes
Prestige bass with low C extension $12,595 + $250 (Professional Set Up) = $12,845
All of our Buffet bass clarinets are hand-selected by RMS and are professionally set up by Alcides Rodriguez (bass clarinetist of the Atlanta Symphony) to meet his performance standards:
- Making sure pads are sealing properly (reseating or replacing as needed)
- Evening out key tensions and adjusting key heights
- Making sure the key systems are smooth (with special attention to the bass clarinet register mechanism)
- Adding extra bumpers and felts, as needed
- Final play testing and adjustments
“I’m absolutely in love with my new instrument. Alcides’ work truly makes a huge difference in how the instrument plays—in fact I sometimes forget that I’m playing a bass clarinet. More importantly, my new instrument was selected by a performer: someone who understands the concerns and needs of other performers. I look forward to working with Rodriguez Musical Services again!”
Gabriel Campos Zamora – Principal clarinet, Minnesota Orchestra
“Thank you, Heather and Alcides, for such a wonderful Tosca bass clarinet. It truly is a very special instrument. I’m loving it. Your “hand selected clarinets” service makes the process of choosing an instrument basically painless, and it’s reassuring that two accomplished clarinetists who are knowledgeable of the products have already separated out the best. And the setup was masterful, with spring tension being no less than perfect. I highly recommend RMS for any clarinetist looking for a fine instrument.”
William Thomas – Bass clarinetist, Virginia Symphony
“Thank you for sending a truly great instrument to me. It is daunting to make such a large purchase, especially since so much will depend on having a great instrument for my current and future work. I am glad I came to you. Thanks again!”
Bryn Huntington – Boise, ID
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 470-545-9803 to schedule your trial.
RMS is pleased to offer instrument financing through First Mutual Finance.