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MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET CRAMPON, EVETTE & SCHAEFFER, E13 CLARINETS, £1695
rare and unique
pair of Buffet Crampon, Evette & Schaeffer, E13 clarinets in Nickel silver plate.
This pair have a fine provenance, having been bought new by Nicholas Carpenter,
one of the UK's most successful clarinettists [a letter signed by Nick is included in the sale]. It was his recording
of the Mozart Clarinet Quintet which was the BBCR3 CD review recommendation. In addition
to his solo career Nick was Principal Clarinet of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta,
and later a member of the LPO. The pair were made in 1972, and at this time
Buffet UK were based at Pages Walk in South London, it was from here that the pair were selected.
At this time the Evette and Schaeffer was manufactured alongside the superb R13, which was Buffet's flagship model.
All E&S clarinets should have a "K" serial number suffix, but the A of this pair has serial number 126929.
This suggests that it was, in fact, manufacured as an R13 professional A, and then subsequently stamped "Evette & Schaeffer".
This is unique in our experience, but, 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 finished in the so called "Golden Era".
This E&S pair are much superior, in every respect; quality of wood, intonation,
and tone to contemporary mass produced E13 Buffet clarinets.