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I have the Evette Schaeffer with the rounded label attatched on the front of the instrument which says Evette &
schaeffer BUFFET and under those words are Paris France. There is a rose engraved also on the front of the instrument. Is the label a mistake put there because of the nails used? I want to know what it may be worth. The serial number is 33960. Any help you could give me will be greatly appreciated. Thank you again.

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Hello Martha, Thank you for your question here on All Experts. They were made from the late sixties into the mid seventies. The brand name 'Evette Schaeffer' was first introduced in the late 1800s by Buffet and used into the 1910's or 1920's. In the late sixties, Buffet apparently revived the name for some student instruments produced for the American market and mostly distributed through Carl Fischer in New York. Typical for student instruments from that period are the gold body and the silver keys. The bodies were made by Malerne, also a French sax producer. The engraving on your Evette Schaeffer is original Malerne. If you compare pictures of a Malerne from that period with those of Buffet's 'Super Dynaction' (which was produced by Buffet themselves as a more professional instrument), you will notice that the body, engraving and octave key are from Malerne and the rest of the key work from Buffet. The little plaque on the bell support with the flower seems to be the only original element on these instruments - the Malerne has a simple curved rod, the Dynaction a plaque with a different design.  The brand name 'Evette Schaeffer' now is used by Keilwerth or that they produce them for Buffet as student Model instruments. These saxophones are solid, well made and durable. Your sax is from about 1969.  On the web was a similar saxophone Evette-Schaeffer Alto Sax, Made in France with the Serial Number 14302; circa 1967. This horn was also made by Malerne as evidenced by the: LH pinkie table, low C spatula and "tulip" shape on the bell keys key-guard). This makes it part of the "Buffet family". Buffet was the top instrument for classical sax players in the 60s-70s because famous soloist Daniel Deffayet contributions by working with them. Your sax looks to be in fine condition. The finish is looks great. How is the playing action and adjustment? Are the pads nice and conditioned or are they getting old and cracked? How does it play...like a dream? These saxophones are exquisitely beautiful horns that will last a lifetime...and probably  will be handed down after you are gone. By the way, A new Yamaha YAS-23 retails for about $1759 on Musician's Friend website. They're great student horns, but eventually, any evolving student will start on the quest for a better tone. This instrument that is capable of producing the uniquely French, dark, rich tone, that so many pros strive for? This saxophone is so undervalued, it represents the best value in vintage horns. It's worth anywhere from $1095 to $1195. I'm talking about the 1960 models. If you have an Evette Schaeffer from the 1920's,of course that would be worth way more. But remember, the value is related to the overall condition and original finish. Re lacquered saxes are worth less. Over-all, you have a super fine sax !
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I'm a Professional Jazz Saxophone soloist recently retired from 23 years with the USAF Band Of Flight, WPAFB, OHIO, experienced in performance, technique and equipment. I'm not a buyer/seller or dealer. I have 40 years Alto, Tenor, Soprano and Bari Saxophone performance experience with additional years on the Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bass Guitar, Piano, Drum-set, Guitar and Voice. I'm a third generation professional military musician, my father, Bill Koeller(1939-1997) was in the USAF 1958-1962, and played Jazz Hammond B-3 organ from 1957-1997, and my fathers Uncle, Alfred Koeller (1912-1993), was a professional Acoustic Bassist in the Army Air Corps in WWII, and also performed on Jazz Guitar, Hammond organ, Piano and tenor saxophone.

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Professional Saxophone Soloist, 23 total years with the USAF Bands, 6 years with the USAF Band of Flight, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, performing on Tenor, Alto, Soprano, Clarinet, and Flute. 4 years in Japan, at Yokota AFB with the USAF Band of the Pacific. An Avid Composer and Arranger for the Night Hawk Protocol Combo. Former Lead Alto Saxophonist with the USAF Night Flight Big Band performing the music of Glenn Miller as well as other hits of the Big Band Era. I collect LP records of Jazz, blue's, classical and rock, and have over 12,000 records.

Organizations
USAF,Phi MU Alpha Sinfonia, Men's National Music Fraternity, Johnny Mack Super Big Band, Tom Daugherty Orchestra, Kim Kelly Orchestra, Dayton Jazz Orchestra, Eddie Love Big Band, Gem City Big Band, Jazz Central Big Band, Shin Sings Orchestra, Kim Kelly Orchestra,USAF Night Flight Jazz Ensemble, Different Hats Big Band, Jimmy Baker Blues Band, This Side Up, Freelance, KING KOELLER Quartet, Jazz Central Big Band, GB Work, Sax On The Web,

Publications
Saxophone On the Web; Anchorage Daily News; All Experts; Augustana College Public Radio, WVIK;

Education/Credentials
North Texas State University School of Music, Jazz Studies 1982-1986 Lead Alto, Lab bands 1982-83 and small group leader 1983-1984, Jazz Radio Host WVIK 90.1 FM NPR affiliate Rock Island, IL United States Collegiate Wind Band European tour 1980 Augustana College, Rock Island IL, Liberal Arts Music Mentors/Teachers:My father Bill Koeller, a Jazz Hammond B-3 Organist (1939-1997) Great Uncle Alfred Koeller, Acoustic Bass 1912-1993

Awards and Honors
Paul Shartle Musician of the Quarter Spring 2008; Glenn Miller Festival, Clarinda, Iowa featured soloist; McDonald's All-American Band and Jazz Ensemble 1979; US Collegiate Wind Bands,Paul Lavalle Conductor, tour of Europe,1980; John Phillip Sousa Award, 1980 Dimond HS Anchorage, Alaska; USAF National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; USAF Achievement Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters; USAF Good Conduct Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters

Past/Present Clients
Performed with, Bob Hope, The Platters, Four Tops, Jimmy Dorsey, Crystal Gail, Helen Ready, James Williams, Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Jack Jones, The Mills Brothers, the G-Clef's, Lionel Hampton at Carnegie Hall, Performed for the King Of Thailand 2005, Tom "Bone's" Malone, Roy Hargrove, Tommy Turrentine, Performed for President Gerald Ford, President George W. Bush, The Maguire Sisters, The USO Girls-Andrew Sisters Tribute, The Four Lads, Lincoln Berry, The Dayton Jazz Orchestra, Louis Bellson, Buddy DeFranco, Walter Bishop Jr, Sadao Watanabe, Bobby Shew, Pete Jolly, Quad City Jazz Ensemble, Augustana College Symphonic Band, Jack Scott, Catfish Jazz Society, Intrigue-Boston Wedding Band, The Mark Herbert Little Big Band, The Pacesetters Big Band, The Ambassadors Jazz Ensemble, Pacific Showcase Big Band, Jimmy Dorsey Big Band under the direction of Lee Castle, Ronny Scott Orchestra, Big Al's Hot Dance Orchestra, The Dayton Sidewinders, Tom Daugherty Orchestra, Johnny Mack Super Big Band, Ken Peplowski, Eddie Daniels, Buddy Guy, Roy Hargrove, Warren Parrish, John OMeara Jr., Dave Holcomb, Albia Silva,Vinnie Demartino, Clon VonFitz, The G Clef's

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