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  1. #21

    Default Re: Buffet Crampon Serial Numbers

    First of all my knowledge level would be along the lines of bone stupid, so please bear with me.

    I recently bought a Buffet Crampon clarinet at a yard sale as a speculation (I was looking for Omega and Rolex wristwatches), and I bought number clarinet 765990, wood, made in Germany.

    I took the clarinet to the best music store in town and they could not tell me the year of manufacture, or if it was an E11 or an R13. I have e-mailed a few of the people on the Buffet web site contact page, and I am awaiting responses.

    The music store said the thing needed an over-haul, but a friend at a pawn shop (with 30 years of dealing in musical instruments, and a one-time professional guitar player himself) said it was okay. He suggested that since the music store made their living from over-hauls . . .

    The music store said if it was an E11 it'd be worth about $400 as-is, and about $600 if it were an R13. They also said the mouth-piece and ligature were high quality.

    Other than through the manufacturer, does anyone have a suggestion as to how I can find out what I've really got?

    Thank you for your kind attention . . .

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    Default Re: Buffet Crampon Serial Numbers

    This would be a good place to start. Good luck.

  3. #23

    Default This just in from BUFFET CRAMPON USA, INC. in Jacksonville, Florida . . .

    "After researching your serial number, it now shows that clarinet as an "International" model, originally sold in 2001. The International is essentially the same clarinet as the E11 with a slightly higher quality wood grain; it was also a clarinet only sold through select Buffet Crampon dealers."

    I'm not sure if this is good or bad, but at least I have the history . . .

  4. #24

    Default Re: Buffet Crampon Serial Numbers

    Hi guys,

    I need your help. I'm tryng to determine the model of a Buffet Crampon clarinet and the price range of it. The serial number is F161737. When I enter the serial on http://www.buffet-crampon.com/en/instruments.php I get this:

    Brand : Buffet Crampon
    Instrument : N� 1 D Sib
    Serial number : 161737
    Year of manufacturing : 11/03/1975

    But from above, I'm not sure what model it is. Im guessing its RC. Interesting thing is that, on the upper joint of the clarinet there's only engravement of the logo, but not the model. If its RC does anyone know how much is worth?

    The keys of the clarinet are silver plated, its in excellent condition, with no cracks. Some of the cork pads might be damaged but thats all. It has been oiled once in a while.

    Overall, it's very little used.

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