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With Buffet clarinets long history, sometimes figuring out the model and serial number can be exhilarating, principally for the potential thrill of discovering that the Buffet clarinet in your hands might be a rare and valuable model! In 1825, Denis Buffet-Auger began a clarinet workshop in Paris. In 1871, Leon Crampon became a partner and the name was changed to Buffet Crampon. Buffet clarinets reputation spread quickly and became recognized for their quality, winning awards at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1889. The first Buffet clarinets came to the US in 1918 and have cemented their place ever since.

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How do I find the model of my buffet clarinet?

First, inspect the side of the clarinet’s upper body and find the thin long key right above the hole (only hole) found on the back. 

This is your register key. Along side the top of your register key you should find a marking that Buffet utilizes in identifying which model of the clarinet you have. Every Buffet Crampon clarinet comes stamped with their basic logo, so all other differentiating marks will be used for it’s identification. If you find a letter immediately followed by a number, such as “E11” or “R13,” stamped beneath the Buffet logo, this will be the model of the clarinet.

Check beneath the Buffet logo for the little metal plate or a scar which might indicate that there had been a plate at one time. These plaques are used by Buffet Crampon to identify most professional-level, modern clarinets. Without the original plaque or stamp, you will have to get the help of an expert to accurately determine what model your Buffet Crampon clarinet is.

Buffet Crampon Clarinet Serial Numbers

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Buffet Crampon E11 Performance Series Clarinet

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Buffet Crampon R13 Clarinet

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buffet crampon clarinet identification

If you find “EVETTE” stamped in the middle of the Buffet Crampon emblem, then you have one of  Buffet Crampon‘s student or intermediate grade clarinets pre 1983. If your clarinet is wood-bodied with the same “EVETTE” stamped in the middle of the Buffet Crampon emblem, then you are holding a B12 model, if it is a plastic bodied clarinet than you have an E11. Some Evette models might also have a “Master Model” stamped beneath the Buffet Crampon logo. These are upgraded models and mostly were produced prior to the ‘60s.

If the Buffet Crampon logo stamped on the clarinet has no additional stamps, markings, or plaques, it might be one of the highly esteemed R13 professional models. Check the serial number, located with a tiny stamp on the back of your clarinet’s barrel or on the case. If your number is higher than 50,000, more than likely it is an R13. You can also search near the “A” and “Ab” keys by the top of your clarinet. If these two keys have been fused on a single joint, then it is not a Buffet Crampon R13 clarinet.

If you find an “F” before the serial number of an R13, this tells us that the clarinet was built to an A442 – A444 and is designed for use by European ensembles. It is safe to assume that anything from #61,000 was manufactured with this “poly-cylindrical” bore design in mind. Tragically some documents containing precise information concerning serial numbers were lost. This loss created an information gap from around 1946 – 1957.

buffet crampon clarinet serial numbers

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 Crampon E-13 Clarinet Serial Numbers

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 Numbers

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

Buffet Crampon Clarinet Serial Numbers

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Buffet Crampon Clarinet Guide

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Buffet Crampon E11 Performance Series Clarinet

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Buffet Crampon R13 Clarinet

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