The new line of Buffet Crampon barrels joins the series of barrels by Chadash and Moennig. It belongs to the same family of conical bores, while standing out with its sophisticated and different proportions.
Apart from its inverse conical bore, the outer shape has been particularly refined. The carefully selected use of materials for the rings, and finishes offered (Gold, Silver or Black Nickel) have a notable influence on the sonority and the sensation felt by the musician.
ICON barrels are supple in all registers and the different finishes produce interesting acoustical variations.
Gold: produces more high harmonics and timbre
Silver: frees up and rounds out the sound
Black: Nickel stands halfway between the two, producing a more compact effect.
In addition the conical bore can, if necessary, improve intonation of twelfths which can sometimes be problematic, depending on the balance of mouthpiece and reeds.