Buffet introduced the Tosca bass clarinet in 2014 to well-deserved acclaim. Its focused sound and luminous tone, assisted by a unique new register key system, allows the most demanding musician the ability to play the instrument’s entire repertoire with an exceptional freedom and confidence.
Its intuitive, soundless Tosca bass mechanism liberates the artist from the usual constraints imposed by the key action on the lower joint and the movements of the plateau keys of the instrument.
The Tosca bass clarinet is revered for it’s warmth and depth of tone, and is commended for its flexibility between registers without the need to change the embouchure or air flow.
The Tosca bass clarinet has innovative features including:
- new register system with an additional resonance tone hole (for a clear throat Bb)
- adjustable speaker key
- rubber dampers/bumpers (to eliminate noise from mechanics)
- two low Eb keys (for better facility)
- C/C# roller (for more ergonomic trills)
Tosca bass clarinet $13,847 + $250 (Professional Set Up) = $14,097
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 Tosca bass clarinet 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
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RMS is pleased to offer instrument financing through First Mutual Finance.