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Buffet Tosca Low C Bass Clarinet

Buffet Tosca Low C Bass Clarinet

The Buffet Tosca in particular is, IMHO, perfect for orchestral playing: it is rich, and slightly covered, but can project through the crowd.

The Toscas arrive in pretty questionable condition—which is surprising given their cost. So, as I do with all my horns, I have them stripped down and worked over, so you can be sure that when you get it, your Tosca is living its best life.

What do we do? We check tone holes, adjust spring tensions, reseat pads and regulate keys. (Personally, I find most bass clarinets (not just Toscas) arrive much too tight, and I always have the springs adjusted on my own horns, so I do this for you, too. Reducing springs naturally makes the instrument not seal as well, which is why so many pads need to be reseated.) The process is extensive, but TOTALLY worth it, because it makes the bass clarinet key action feel like a Bb. Seriously.

Anyway, the total cost of the "earspasm setup" (for want of a better term) and tweaking of this instrument is included in the price—even though I pay out of pocket for it. Yes, it reduces my profit. Yes, people have told me I should charge a premium for doing it.

But I don't like the idea charging more for something that should come standard. So I won't.

The Buffet Tosca comes with:

  • Buffet/BAM High-Tech case with hideaway backpack straps—under 10 pounds (4.8 kg)
  • Neck strap, shoulder strap (for case), cork grease, warranty card, etc.

All earspasm instruments come with a 7-day trial. Please read my trial policy before pulling out that credit card.


Q: What if I'm in New York and want to try it in person?
A: Come on over! Just send me an email so we can set up an appointment time.

Q: I see some of these instruments are "open box." What does that mean?
A: Sometimes I get instruments that have been at a trade show, or have a cosmetic issue on the case (seriously. the case), and I get a discount on these instruments. I pass that discount along to you. They get the same treatment as all of the instruments I sell, namely a full setup by my tech. You literally cannot tell the difference between this and a new instrument. Naturally, they also come with a full warranty (see below).

Q: Does the instrument come with a warranty?
A: Yes, it comes with the Buffet Tosca warranty against cracks, etc. If you ever have any problem with the instrument, I'm your quarterback. I'll take care of the whole process, just let me know you need help, and I'll take it from there.

Q: What happens if it's damaged during shipping?
A: Inspect the package before you sign off at delivery! If there are any issues resulting from shipping, we have taken out an insurance policy to cover damage (and loss). But we need you to document this damage or we can't do anything to help.

Q: If I decide to return it, do also I have to pay return shipping costs?
A: Yes. And you will also want to insure it!

Q: Do you ship internationally?
A: Yes. You can add your shipping address when checking out to see what the shipping costs will be before taking the plunge. Note that VAT and Customs Duties are not included in this cost.

Normaler Preis $17,528.00
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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Ben Taylor

I love my Tosca!! I bought it from Mike in October 2022, and it was so worth it. The most in tune bass clarinet I have ever played and will probably ever play. As a current music student with professional ambition, this instrument will last me for a large portion of my career. Regardless of whether you like Toscas or Buffet Bass Clarinets at all, I strongly recommend buying a Bass Clarinet from Mike. Very few people (if anyone else) have such variety of high quality basses and are as willing to help you find the right horn. Mike is not just a business man, he really values helping you find the right instrument that will help you sound your best!

Errika Kalomiris

I bought my Buffet Tosca low C bass clarinet from Mike in July 2022. The instrument has a beautiful warm sound across its range and the low notes make the floors rattle (the bass clarinet gods have spoken!). Ms. Tosca is a huge improvement over my LeBlanc 400 manufactured in 1980. I play in an amateur orchestra and Ms. Tosca's (that's what I call her) debut caused quite the stir -- because of her sound and sticker price. While I do not expect to ever play professionally, I plan to continue playing as long as I can. And I am improving -- something which was not going to happen with my old instrument which did not like the upper register. The process of buying with Mike was great. I got to try multiple instruments and Ms. Tosca was the best fit for me. The instrument and playing bring me great joy. I am very grateful to Mike and his wife Katherine for their encouragement and support. They are great people and super talented musicians.