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Oboe/Evette & Schaeffer Oboe Buffet Crampon


Hello, I have an oboe that I have done some research on, but was unable to get a clear answer from it.I'm trying to find the year it was made.

The serial number is 403. I read that when a fire destroyed their records, they restarted their serial list at one again in about 1940. I think it is probably from around 1940 by the case, but I do not know.

I am also curious of which model it is, I was unable to identify it.

Thank you!

Dear Steven

I think that your oboe is from the period 1930 -1960 when Evette and Schaeffer names were put on oboes made by Buffet Crampon. Buffet acquired the firm in 1929. It has not got the bottom B flat and has the ringed system  known as the Triebert system 6 so it is an intermediate model. By this time the System 6bis was in full use. Came in about the turn of the century and was adopted by the Paris Conservatoire in 1905 and known as the Conservatoire fingering model. Still used to this day throughout the world. The bis part added covered holes and extra trill facilities.

After the WW2  Buffet made student oboes, clarinets and flutes and used to brand them Evette and Schaffer.
The serial number trail is cold I think now though.

I hope this helps a bit...

Best wishes



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