Clarinet/Buffet Eb Clarinet


QUESTION: Hi. I've recently come across a Buffet Eb Clarinet and wanted to know what it might be worth. The Bell has the Buffet/Crampon logo, made in france, HP, H BETTONEY, Boston Mass. The  upper part of the body has the BC stamp with HP below, the lower body has the Buffet logo. From what I've read, it has a wrap around register key. The barrel has a trademark label of the words "trade",then a vase with a bird on top, the the workd "mark". The mouthpiece is stamped "Rene DUVAL, PARIS. Would be able to give me a history lesson on this? Thanks

ANSWER: Hello Jay,
I would want a serial number  before I investigate further.....Cheers   JACK

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QUESTION: Thanks Jack, sadly I can't find any serial number anywhere. I've used a magnifying glass to go over the body but can only find what I've reported. From what I've been able to dig up, H Bettoney was an American importer in the late 1800s to early 1900s. Websites with serial number look ups only seem to start around 1913. Cheers, Jay

Hello Jay,
Sorry I could not be of more help...If there is  a serial number, they are usually on the underside of the lower joint of the  instrument, where it attaches to the bell, or on the top of the lower  joint  [underside]  where it attaches to the upper joint....or sometimes they are found on the bottom underside of the top joint....You might also try another expert on this list....Cheers   again....JACK


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my 'area of expertise' is traditional jazz...i have had classical training...i am from san francisco,came to australia in 1971 to teach h.s. music...resigned to play full time music in 1975 [to present]


i have played with the graeme bell allstars [25 yrs] ray price quintet [5 yrs], led own groups [20 yrs]..played in all the major australian jazz festivals, played 2 yrs with local symphony most recorded jazz clarinetist in oz [39 recordings]..can be heard on you tube

on committee of clarinet soc. of n.s.w for 7 yrs...[now defunct]

a.a. degree,b.mus degree, secondary teaching credential

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