The African Blackwood of the RC Prestige's body has been carefully hand-selected and left unstained to bring out the beauty of the natural wood. The wood is of a higher-grade, which provides the player with more projection and makes tone easier to control. The careful selection of high-quality Grenadilla also means that the body is more durable and resistant to the elements and a lot less likely to crack or split. The design and construction of the bore is also a great enhancement of the RC Prestige. What sets the Prestige apart from the original RC is that the bore is hand-burnished. This means that the bore of the Prestige has been crafted with more precision and will improve the intonation and tuning of the clarinet.
On top of these features, the RC Prestige also includes upgraded Gore-Tex pads. These pads have an inner layer of superior Goldbeater's skin with an outer layer of PTFE covering. This composition means that the pads on the R13 Prestige are incredibly durable, have an air-tight seal and are also fully waterproofed. The tenons on the Prestige are metal-capped which add to the durability of the instrument and resistance to cracks or splits. The keywork of the RC Prestige is comprised of copper, zinc and nickel (maillechort) and has been cold-forged and silver-plated. The keywork also features 18 keys, including an Eb left hand lever. The tone holes are undercut as with the original RC, but they have also been polished internally according to Buffet Crampon's high and exacting standards.
The superior quality and luxury of the Buffet RC Prestige extends to its case also. The case is an elegant and stylish hard French-style leather case with locks on the outside and a plush, moulded interior. The RC Prestige also comes complete with high-quality pullthrough cloth, cork grease, reed and a Buffet mouthpiece and ligature.
A word of caution...
Although wooden clarinets will generally produce a better tone than instruments made from ABS resin, they are more easily damaged, and require more careful cleaning and maintenance; in particular, the wood is prone to cracking if the moisture is not cleaned out after each playing session.
*Taking good care of your woodwind instrument is essential to ensure a long life for your instrument. For help with the care and maintenance of your clarinet, see our clarinet help and advice section. And for help with any specialist clarinet language, we have created the clarinet glossary.