Entirely redesigned to offer both students, and amateur players alike a high quality instrument providing thrilling sensations in the lowest notes which are the pillars of harmony, the Buffet Crampon BC 1180 is sure to suit every musical style. This bass clarinet facilitates the change from note to note without risk thanks to its redesigned and simplified register key system.
Its wide, consistent sound palette and extremely fluid Legato allow the musician to experiment with every acoustic or technical idea imaginable. As the only student bass clarinet made from selected and treated grenadilla wood from Mozambique, delivered in a compact, lightweight case, the new Buffet Crampon BC1180 stands out from all others thanks to the quality of its manufacture, its remarkable intonation, timbre and overall comfort.
It sets itself as the global standard for student bass clarinets.
For the price, this clarinet has a rich, deep professional sound. The key action is smooth, snappy, and the reach between keys less than on other student models. The cons are where Buffet skimped a bit - a plastic thumb rest and bell welds have now broken on the peg stand and to the bell. Players need to be gentle with the peg stand. Chuck Levin's has a superb instrument repair shop that can definitely fix these issues. Chuck Levin's customer service is top notch.