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MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET CRAMPON, EVETTE & SCHAEFFER, E13 CLARINETS, £1745
An interesting and unique
pair of UK stamp Buffet Crampon, Evette & Schaeffer, E13 clarinets in Nickel silver plate,
which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.
This pair have a fine provenance, having been selected for a pupil by Graham Evans, 2nd clarinet in the Northern Sinfonia.
She used them throughn her time as a music student at University. The pair were made in 1976, and at this time
Buffet UK were based at Pages Walk in South London.
Then the Evette and Schaeffer clarinet was manufactured alongside the superb R13, which was Buffet's top selling professional model.
Interestingly the "Evette & Schaeffer" stamps on the pair are different; The A features the original stamp,
whereas the Bb has the re-designed logo just introduced. At that time, the difference between the top student
model and the professional R13 was much narrower than it is now: Like the R13, E&S clarinets were
hand undercut and made in the same factory as the professional models.
This E&S pair are much superior, in every respect; quality of wood, intonation,
and tone to contemporary mass produced E13 Buffet clarinets. This was reflected in the asking price, E & S clarinets
were only 20% cheaper than R13s of the period.