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Author Topic: Buffet Crampon H Bettoney one piece clarinet  (Read 868 times)

Offline BD

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Buffet Crampon H Bettoney one piece clarinet
« on: April 29, 2023, 12:23:23 AM »
I was wondering if anyone has ever come across such an instrument in the past?

I have found some info to say that H Bettoney imported Buffet clarinets into Boston around 1900, but that is all, there are no serial numbers on the instrument, only a Buffet stamp on the body & the Buffet stamp on the bell with the H Bettoney stamp underneath.

I have never come across a one piece body before, does anyone know more about this configuration of Bb clarinet?

TIA!

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Re: Buffet Crampon H Bettoney one piece clarinet
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2023, 11:33:45 AM »
Sounds right, Buffet clarinets were often stamped with importers such as Carl Fischer (of R13 fame). Not unusual, but cool.
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Re: Buffet Crampon H Bettoney one piece clarinet
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2023, 06:29:31 PM »
I have quite a mix of clarinets (and boxes of pieces and parts) from two of my great uncles who played with John Phillip Sousa in his 1910-1911 World Tour. One of the clarinets is the Buffet Crampon with the H Bettoney on the bell, I'm assuming it's the one piece since I can't take it apart.   It does have a Buffet Crampon serial number on the back making it manufactured in 1903 but that's about all I know.  I also have a W. Meinl and a Henry Pourcelle which I would also guess were made about the same time. 

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Re: Buffet Crampon H Bettoney one piece clarinet
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2023, 12:45:06 PM »
I haven't heard of Henry Pourcelle in years. Can you share a pic?
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