Buffet Crampon

Clarinet

Serial Number Year Manufactured
1A - 498 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
1D - 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
1T - 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
  1913
  1913
  1914
1J1 - 1J999 1914
2J1 -2J224 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
  1928
1 1929
2500 1930
5000 1931
7500 1932
10,000 1933
12,500 1934
15,000 1935
18,000 1936
20,000 1937
22,000 1938
24,000 1939
26,000 1940
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58,834 1957
58,835 1958
59,144 1959
62,458 1960
65,957 1961
69,718 1962
75,320 1963
78,094 1964
  1965
  1966
93,206 1967
99,332 1968
105,618 1969
111,417 1970
117,748 1971
126,210 1972
133,904 1973
143,518 1974
153,324 1975
163,568 1976
173,827 1977
183,902 1978
191,873 1979
201,532 1980
210,653 1981
221,261 1982
234,696 1983
250,372 1984
266,397 1985
277,483 1986
292,268 1987
302,624 1988
312,700 1989
324,770 1990
337911 1991
352251 1992
367800 1993
379341 1994
394001 1995
408001 1996

Buffet E-13 Clarinet

Serial Number Year Manufactured
10109 1961
16378 1966
23008 1969
29624 1973
32168 1975
42804 1977
49093 1979
56537 1981
62685 1983

Buffet Harmony Clarinet

Serial Number Year Manufactured
19506 1950
19579 1951
19639 1952
19681 1953
19782 1954
19966 1955
20092 1956
20155 1958
20238 1959
20402 1960
20503 1961
20512 1962
20693 1963
20776 1964
20855 1965
20912 1966
21055 1967
21210 1968
21359 1969
21433 1970
21501 1971
21558 1972
21628 1973
21703 1974
21797 1975
21954 1976
22000 1977
22115 1978
22234 1979
22351 1980
22462 1981
22536 1982
22693 1983
22860 1984
23060 1985
23275 1986
23463 1987
23620 1988
23876 1989
24191 1990
24509 1991
25222 1992
26078 1993

Oboe

Serial Number Year Manufactured
10 1885
250 1886
810 1887
1410 1888
1970 1889
2550 1890
3050 1891
3590 1892
4130 1893
4600 1894
5130 1895
5960 1896
6790 1897
7960 1898
8700 1899
9160 1900
9780 1901
029 1902
081 1903
0123 1904
0167 1905
0189 1906
0265 1907
0310 1908
0359 1909
0406 1910
0476 1911
0527 1912
0579 1913
0656 1914
0661 1915
0678 1916
0702 1917
0738 1919
0789 1920
0793 1921
0832 1922
0843 1923
0852 1924
0854 1925
0864 1926

Buffet Harmony Saxophone

Serial Number Year Manufactured
244 1868
792 1870
1060 1872
1971 1875
2493 1876
2788 1877
2925 1878
3445 1879
3820 1880
4119 1881
4654 1882
5224 1883
5776 1884
6227 1885
8200 1889
8500 1890
9500 1892
10500 1894
11000 1895
11500 1896
12000 1897
12500 1898
13500 1900
14000 1901
15000 1903
15500 1904
16500 1905
17000 1906
17500 1907
18000 1908
18500 1909
19500 1910
20000 1911
20500 1912
22000 1913
22500 1914
23000 1916
23500 1917
24000 1919
24500 1920
25000 1921
26000 1922
26500 1923
27000 1924
28000 1925
28500 1926
29424 1927
2925 1952
3115 1953
3390 1954
3763 1955
4226 1956
4817 1957
5392 1958
6172 1959
6808 1960
7416 1961
8656 1962
9669 1963
10,064 1964
11,749 1965
12,778 1966
13,776 1967
14,487 1968
15,347 1969
16,323 1970
17,319 1971
18,455 1972
19,787 1973
21,441 1974
22,687 1975
24,417 1976
26,151 1977
27,280 1978
28,733 1979
30,190 1980
31,539 1981
32,961 1982
33,924 1983
34,664 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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