BUFFET ~ CRAMPON


Buffet - Crampon Clarinets:
[Note: This series does not include Evette - Schaeffer models]

Serial Numbers Year Manufactured
1A - 408 A 1885
409A - 999A 1886
A1 - A886 1886
A887 - A999 1887
B1 - B999 1887
1B - 417B 1887
418B - 999B 1888
1C - 999C 1888
C1 - C300 1888
C301 - C999 1889
D1 -D999 1889
1K 5211D - 348D 1889
349D - 999D 1890
E1 - E999 1890
1E - 316E 1890
317E - 999E 1891
F1 - F999 1891
1F - 190F 1891
191F - 999F 1892
G1 - G999 1892
1G - 58G 1892
59G - 999G 1893
H1 - H999 1893
1H - 184H 1893
185H - 999H 1894
I1 - I665 1894
I666- I999 1895
1I - 999I 1895
J1 - J617 1895
J618 - J999 1896
1J - 999J 1896
K1 - K514 1896
K515 - K999 1897
1K - 999K 1897
L1 - L561 1897
L562 - L999 1898
1L - 999L 1898
M1 - M590 1898
M591 - M999 1899
1M - 999M 1899
N1 - N440 1899
N441- N999 1900
1N - 999N 1900
O1 - O521 1900
O522 -O999 1901
1O - 999O 1901
P1 - P999 1901
1P - 374P 1901
375P - 999P 1902
R1 - R999 1902
1R - 404R 1902
405R - 999R 1903
S1 - S999 1903
1S - 999S 1903
T1 - T40 1903
T41 - T999 1904
621T - 999T 1904
U1 - U999 1904
1U - 81U 1904
82U - 999U 1905
V1 - V999 1905
1V - 751V 1905
752V - 999V 1906
X1 - X999 1906
1X - 999X 1906
Y1 - Y840 1906
Y841 - Y999 1907
1Y - 999Y 1907
Z1 - Z999 1907
1Z - 812Z 1907
813Z - 999Z 1908
1A1 - 1A999 1908
2A1 - 2A999 1908
1B1 - 1B999 1908
2B1 - 2B60 1908
2B61 - 2B999 1909
1C1-1C999 1909
2C1- 2C999 1909
1D1 - 1D67 1909
1D68 - 1D999 1910
2D1 - 2D999 1910
1E1 - 1E901 1910
1E902 - 1E999 1911
2E1 - 2E999 1911
1F1 -1F999 1911
2F1 -2F763 1911
2F764 - 2F999 1912
1G1 - 1G999 1912
2G1 - 2G999 1912
1H1 - 1H500 1912
1H501 - 1H999 1913
2H1 - 2H999 1913
1I2 - 1I999 1913
2I1 - 413I1 1913
225J1 - 999J1 1914
414I1 - 999I1 1914
1J1 - 1J999 1914
2J1 - 224J1 1914
2J225 - 2J999 1915
1K1 - 1K341 1915
1K342 - 1K999 1916
2K1 - 2K460 1916
2K461 - 2K999 1917
1L11 - 1L521 1917
1L522 - 1L999 1918
2L1 - 2L661 1918
2L662 - 2L999 1919
1M1 - 1M800 1919
1M801 - 1M999 1920
2M1 - 2M999 1920
1N1 - 1N515 1920
1N516 - 1N999 1921
2N1 - 2N999 1921
1O1 - 1O193 1921
1O194 - 1O999 1922
2O1 - 20168 1922
2O169 - 2O999 1923
1P1 - 1P999 1923
2P1 - 1P536 1923
2P537 - 2P999 1924
1R1 - 1R999 1924
2R1 - 2R226 1924
2R227 - 2R999 1925
1S1 - 1S876 1925
1S877 - 1S999 1926
2S1 - 2S999 1926
1T1 - 1T508 1926
1T509 - 1T542 1927
1 - 2500 1928
2501 - 4999 1929
5000 - 7499 1930
7500 - 9999 1931
10,000 - 12,500 1932
12,501 - 15,000 1933
15,001 - 18,000 1934
18,001 - 20,000 1935
20,001 - 22,000 1936
22,001 - 24,000 1937
24,001 - 26,000 1938
26,001 - 27,000 1939
27,001 - 28,000 1945
Approx. 3000 per Year 1945 - 1957
58,835 - 59143 1958
58,835 - 59143 1958
59,144 - 62,457 1959
62,458 - 65,958 1960
65,959 - 69,717 1961
69,718 - 75,319 1962
75,320 - 78,093 1963
78,094 - 93,203 1964 - 1966
93,204 - 99,331 1967
99,332 - 105,617 1968
105,618 - 114,416 1969
111,417 - 117,747 1970
117,748 - 126,209 1971
126,210 - 133,903 1972
133,904 - 143,517 1973
143,518 - 153,323 1974
153,324 - 163,567 1975
163,568 - 173,826 1976
173,827 - 183,901 1977
183,902 - 191,872 1978
191,873 - 201,531 1979
201,532 - 210,652 1980
210,653 - 221,260 1981
221,261 - 234,695 1982
234,696 - 250,371 1983
250,372 - 266,396 1984
266,397 - 277,482 1985
277,483 -292,267 1986
292,268 - 302,623 1987
302,624 - 312,699 1988
312,700 - 324,769 1989
324,770 - 337,910 1990
337,911 - 352,250 1991
352,251 - 367,799 1992
367,800 - 379,340 1993
379,341 - 394,000 1994
394,001 - 408,000 1995
408001 - 1996

Buffet E-13 Clarinets:

Serial Numbers Year Manufactured
10,109 - 16,377 1961 - 1966
16,378 - 23,007 1966 - 1969
23,008 - 29,623 1969 - 1973
29,624 - 32,167 1973 - 1975
32,168 - 42,803 1975 - 1977
42,804 - 49,092 1977 - 1979
49,093 - 56,536 1979 - 1981
56,537 - 62,684 1981 - 1983
62,685 - 70,191 1983 - 1987



Evette - Schaeffer Clarinets:

Serial Numbers (Approx.) Year Manufactured
19,500 - 19999 1910
20,000 - 20,499 1911
20,500 - 20,999 1912
21,000 - 21,499 1913
21,500 - 21,999 1914
22,000 - 22,499 1915
22,500 - 22,999 1916
23,000 - 23,499 1917
23,500 - 23,999 1918
24,000 - 24,499 1919
24,500 - 24,999 1920
25,000 - 25,499 1921
25,500 - 25,999 1922
26,000 - 26,499 1923
26,500 - 26,999 1924
27,000 - 27,499 1925
27,500 - 27,999 1926
28,000 - 28,499 1927


Buffet Harmony Clarinets:

Serial Numbers Year Manufactured
19,506 - 19,578 1950
19,579 - 19,638 1951
19,639 - 19,680 1952
19,681 - 19,781 1953
19,782 - 19,965 1954
19,966 - 20,091 1955
20,092 - 20,154 1956
20,155 - 20,237 1957
20,238 - 20,401 1958
20,402 - 20,502 1959
20,503 - 20,511 1960
20,512 - 20,692 1961
20,693 - 20,775 1962
20,776 - 20,854 1963
20,855 - 20,911 1964
20,912 - 21,054 1965
21,055 - 21,209 1966
21,210 - 21,358 1967
21,359 - 21,432 1968
21,433 - 21,500 1969
21,501 - 21,557 1970
21,558 - 21,627 1971
21,628 - 21,702 1972
21,703 - 21,796 1973
21,797 - 21,953 1974
21,954 - 21,999 1975
22,000 - 22,114 1976
22,115 - 22,233 1977
22,234 - 22,350 1978
22,351 - 22,461 1979
22,462 - 22,535 1980
22,536 - 22,692 1981
22,693 - 22,859 1982
22,860 - 23,059 1983
23,060 - 23,374 1984
23,275 - 23,462 1985
23,463 - 23,619 1986
23,620 - 23,875 1987
23,876 24,190 1988
24,191 - 24,508 1989
24,509 25,221 1990
25,222 - 26,077 1991
26,078 -26,734 1992

Buffet Oboes:

Serial Numbers Year
10 -248 1885
250 - 809 1886
810 - 1409 1887
1410 - 1969 1888
1970 - 2549 1889
2550 - 3049 1890
3050 - 3589 1891
3590 - 4129 1892
4130 - 4599 1893
4600 - 5129 1894
5130 - 5959 1895
5960 - 6789 1896
6790 - 7959 1897
7960 - 8699 1898
8700 - 9159 1899
9160 - 9779 1900
9780 - 028 1901
029 - 080 1902
081 - 0122 1903
0123 - 0166 1904
0167 - 0188 1905
0189 - 0264 1906
0265 - 0309 1907
0310 - 0358 1908
0359 - 0405 1909
0406 - 0475 1910
0476 - 0526 1911
0527 - 0578 1912
0579 - 0655 1913
0656 - 0660 1914
0661 - 0677 1915
0678 - 0701 1916
0702 - 0737 1917
0738 - 0788 1919
0789 - 0792 1920
0793 - 0831 1921
0832 - 0842 1922
0843 - 0851 1923
0852 - 0853 1924
0854 - 0863 1925
0864 - 1926

Buffet Saxophones:

Serial Numbers (Approx.) Year
244 - 791 1868
792 - 1059 1870
1060 - 1970 1872
1971 - 2492 1875
2493 - 2787 1876
2788 - 2924 1877
2925 - 3444 1878
3445 - 3819 1879
3820 - 4118 1880
4119 - 4653 1881
4654 - 5223 1882
5224 - 5775 1883
5776 - 6226 1884
6227 - 8199 1885
8200 - 8499 1889
8500 - 9499 1890
9500 - 10499 1892
10500 - 10999 1894
11000 - 11499 1895
11500 - 11999 1896
12000 - 12499 1897
12500 - 13499 1898
13500 - 13999 1900
14000 - 14999 1901
15000 - 15499 1903
15500 - 16499 1904
16500 - 16999 1905
17000 - 17499 1906
17500 - 17999 1907
18000 - 18499 1908
18500 - 19499 1909
19500 - 19999 1910
20000 - 20499 1911
20500 - 21999 1912
22000 - 22499 1913
22500 - 22999 1914
23000 - 23499 1916
23500 - 23999 1917
24000 - 24499 1919
24500 - 24999 1920
25000 - 25999 1921
26000 - 26499 1922
26500 - 26999 1923
27000 - 27999 1924
28000 - 28499 1925
28500 - 29423 1926
29424 - 1927
2925 - 3114 1952
3115 - 3389 1953
3390 - 3762 1954
3763 - 4225 1955
4226 - 4816 1956
4817 - 5391 1957
5392 - 6171 1958
6172 - 6807 1959
6808 - 7415 1960
7416 - 8655 1961
8656 - 9668 1962
9669 - 10,063 1963
10,064 - 11,748 1964
11,749 - 12,777 1965
12,778 - 13,775 1966
13,776 - 14,486 1967
14,487 - 15,346 1968
15,347 - 16,322 1969
16,323 -17,318 1970
17,319 - 18,454 1971
18,455 - 19,786 1972
19,787 - 21,440 1973
21,441 - 22,686 1974
22,687 - 24,416 1975
24,417 - 26,150 1976
26,151 - 27,279 1977
27,280 - 28,732 1978
28,733 - 30,189 1979
30,190 - 31,538 1980
31,539 - 32,960 1981
32,961 - 33,923 1982
33,924 - 34,663 1983
34,664 - 35,732 1984
35,733 - 1985


Jean Louis Buffet was already making musical instruments as early as the 1840's. In 1871, Leon Crampon became a partner. If you come across an "F" preceding the serial number of an R13, this indicates that the instrument has been built to an A442 - A444 and is intended for use by European ensembles. The R13 was designed by Robert Carree, the head acoustician for Buffet (c. 1950). This may have been the first intentional use of the so-called "poly-cylindrical" bore design of the Buffet clarinet. It became the prototype for all future Buffet clarinet designs from that point onward. As a result, it may be safely assumed that anything from #61,000 was manufacturered with this design in mind. Many of the documents which contained accurate information regarding serial numbers have been lost and as a result, there is a gap from 1946 - 1957. Buffet states, however, that approximately 3000 units per year were manufactured during this period.

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