Buffet Prestige Low C Bass Clarinet

The Prestige 1193 bass clarinet is a perfect representative of Buffet Crampon’s expertise at its highest level. It has a range to low C, an E♭/A♭ lever, a resonance vent on the bell section, and is equipped with three low D keys. 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 its beautiful depth of tone, projection in all registers and mechanical ease for the player.
Prestige Low C bass clarinet
Buffet bass clarinet

Prestige Bass Clarinet Features

  • Premium unstained African black wood or Greenline material
  • Silver plated keywork and bell
  • Poly-cylindrical bore
  • Undercut/polished tone holes
  • Metal capped tenons
  • Speaker key on bell (for improved resonance and response in the low register)
  • Blue steel springs
  • Adjustable thumb rest
  • RMS Hand selected and Professionally set up

RMS Professional Set Up

All RMS bass clarinets are hand-selected at Buffet and are professionally set up by Alcides Rodriguez.
  • Ensuring pads are sealing properly (reseating or replacing as needed)
  • Evening out key tensions and adjusting key heights
  • Ensuring 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
Buffet bass clarinet

Buffet Prestige 1193 Bass Clarinet

RMS Hand-Selected and Professionally Set Up


If you are interested in trying our bass clarinets, you can learn more about our clarinet trials here.  Contact us at info@rodriguezmusical.com or 470-545-9803.

Buffet low C extension basses (Tosca 1185R and Prestige 1183R) can be found here.

RMS is pleased to offer instrument financing through Synchrony Bank and United Midwest bank.
”Heather and Alcides provided exactly the instrument selection process I was looking for. They understand the process from the point of view of the performer and can offer what many dealers I contacted could not. Heather is an excellent communicator and answered many questions I had along the way. The instruments were hand-selected and Alcides did comprehensive adjustments on all of the instruments I tried so I could make the best decision possible. I doubt you will find a better selection service and hospitality anywhere in the country. I am one happy customer!”
Justin Bulava Clarinetist, Portland, OR
”Thank you, Heather and Alcides, for such a wonderful Tosca bass clarinet. It truly is a very special instrument. I’m loving it... 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 Bass clarinetist, Boise, ID
“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 Symphony
“I'm a former Air Force musician who's too busy in my new career to do the necessary legwork to find a quality instrument. Heather and Alcides really know their stuff. They made the decision process for my new Tosca bass clarinet an easy one... I couldn't be happier!“
Keelan McCamey Bass clarinetist, Eerie, CO
“I am really loving the Tosca! It's so easy to play I forget I'm on a bass clarinet. I am thrilled with the instrument! Thank you!!“
Candice Kiser Clarinetist, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
“After playing the bass since its arrival on Monday, this is a keeper. I am especially appreciative of clear-sounding clarion D E and F. You were recommended to me by a pro who has done business with you, and I'm lucky for the input!“
Thomas Trainor Bass Clarinetist, Hillsboro, OR
“Thank you so much for getting this instrument out to me so quickly. It arrived this afternoon in perfect condition. I think it is a great horn! It has such clear focus and depth of tone, and I find the intonation to be better than my regular bass. I played it today in rehearsal- Very nice fit!“
Jerry Simas Bass Clarinetist, San Francisco Symphony
“Thank you both so much for the bass clarinet. I’m absolutely in love with it! It plays like a dream. I have practiced on it every single day so far, and I’ve received tons of compliments on the sound at the concerts!“
Ben Hipp Bass Clarinetist, Charleston, SC
“The bass came yesterday afternoon, and I love it! The core sound is so rich, and the intonation is awesome! It plays so smooth too. It's a much better horn than what I've been playing on, and I liked that one!“
Colleen White Artist Associate of Clarinet, Willamette University
“The bass absolutely plays great! The tuning is awesome, and the instrument plays so easily. Thank you so much for all your help. It really feels great and plays wonderfully!“
Annah Chavarria Clarinetist, El Paso Symphony