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Buffet Crampon Tosca Bb ClarinetThe Buffet Crampon Tosca series was created in a collaborative effort between Buffet Crampon luthiers and artists such as Michael Arrignon, Romain Guyot, Pascal Moraguès, Guy Deplus, and Paul Meyer. The result is a clarinet designed for the 21st century with incomparable style and elegance.The Tosca is the evolutionary result of advanced materials and manufacturing techniques. It has a warm, velvety sound and extremely consistent intonation at either 440 or 442 Hz as it comes with two barrels. The keywork is shaped for a comfortable and a natural feel. It is made with a low F correction key to better match instruments holding down the low end of the ensemble, Gore-Tex and cork pads, and select grenadilla or Green Line bodies.
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The Buffet Tosca clarinet strives where many other professional clarinets are lacking. The most enjoyable parts of playing such an instrument are the low notes (clear, bouyant, round,) the altissimo register (not shrilly, confident attacks with that "ping" that one often gets with that one coveted reed,) and the over all resonance on every note (lack of a bell ring helps more than one thinks.) The upper joint is already outfitted in all cork pads (saves the pain of repadding.) Clarion A and Ab (often notes with a tendancy to have a weaker threshold = squeaking) are strong, dominant notes that are always clear. Minimal gripes include the provied case (thin, small, brittle) and weak sounding throat tone (althought perfectly in tune.)
I own a Greenline Bb Tosca. I am a HUGE fan of the R-13, but I wanted to try the Tosca for fun and ended up switching to the Tosca as my primary instrument. As musicians, we are all unique in what we want out of our instruments. I look for flexibility in tonal color and the instruments ability to match my needs (expressive qualities). I play the Tosca with a Clarke Fobes CF+ mouthpiece and a Chadash 65mm barrel. This combination has a remarkable sound. Some people look for the clarinets that have "ring" or "sound like chocolate", which I think has more to do with embouchure and mouthpiece than the clarinet itself. But for a clarinet with a range of capabilities from an operatic solo in FF to a fluid passage in pianissimo, the Tosca serves me well.
I am in my junior year of undergraduate school as a clarinet performance major. I had been playing on an R13 before I traded it in and purchased the Tosca after talking it over with my professor. I can honestly say that this was possibly the best investment I've ever made. The Tosca has an incredibly pure and beautiful sound, and feels so comfortable and smooth under the fingers. The dynamic range that it offers is amazing as well. The clarinet has all the power you could ever want, yet has such a clear and colorful soft dynamic. The way I would put it is that it does a lot of its own work to sound good. I highly recommend this clarinet to anyone seeking a great professional clarinet. I can't wait to keep learning more about it and grow with it. If I had to describe the Tosca as a whole in one word, I would say: "Velvet"
I've had this clarinet for about a year and 8 months and it still amazes me how gorgeous it sounds. The tones are even throughout all the octaves and the sound is so warm and liquidy it makes you get goose bumps. It took a while to get used to the left hand Ab/Eb lever, but now it makes so many passages so much easier!! The low F correction key doesn't do much for me (doesn't raise the pitch enough to make an aural difference) but maybe it does more for others who play differently. I highly recommend this clarinet. It may seem like a lot of money but trust me, you will never need to upgrade again! The clarinet itself is very sturdy (though I suggest getting a sheepskin case for it because the case it comes with does not take well to wear and tear), I take good care of mine and it has yet needed to go in the shop for anything major. Good luck and happy clarinet shopping!
I have tried over 20 kinds of clarinets, including greenline r13, but when i bought this Tosca clarinet, I liked it 1000000 times better then the greenline. It's worth the price
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