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For anyone searching serial number lists.
First, you have to identify the model of clarinet.  Is it an "Evette", or an "Evette-Schaeffer", or a true "Buffet".  Around 1978 the Evette and E&S models were dropped for the name change to B12, E11, etc.

Then you have to identify the location of manufacturing. 

Buffet Crampon Clarinets
NOTE:  The K series Evette-Schaeffer clarinets are well known.  But BUFFET has another K series serial number and that is with the Buffet Limite (with silver plated keywork) clarinets.  These have the Buffet emblem on them versus an Evette-Schaeffer emblem and is not related to this list.

Evette-Schaeffer

New factory(ish) serial number list


Who made the earlier Evette and E&S clarinets ?

Many of the earlier Evette and E&S clarinets were made by Malerne.  They are recognizeable by the keywork, compare them to the Marlene page here.

So with Evette and Evette & Schaeffer that basically means the A, B, D and E series are Malerne made, which ironically coincides with Malernes serial number conventions.  Unless they are stamped "Made in Germany" and those were Schreiber made.

Buffet made K41xx  is based on a pre-R13 Buffet.  Looks like one via the keywork and matches the R13 keywork introduction.  Remember, Buffet did not introduce the separate throat keys posts until 1955ish.  This is the same with the E&S / Evette model line if it was made by Buffet.

This is obviously a Buffet professional model just with the added Modele Evette & Schaeffer stamp added on (pictures from eBay, April 2013)

 

Malerne made Evette & Scheffer B30xx - notice the small barrel trill key guide (Malerne like) and this is an early non-adjusting screw model with shared post (Malerne & Buffet like).  Also notice the top key of the lower joint ring keys, the top pad cup arm bends upwards - aka Malerne's !!

Malerne made Evette, sn E1198

As an example, here is a higher quality Malerne stenciled Ledoux clarinet sn D3693

 


E-S information provided by Rich Holmes

"Plastic Evette became the B12.
Wooden Evette became the E11.
Evette Master Model became the E12.
Evette & Schaeffer became the E13.
Evette and Schaeffer Master Model is supposedly an R13 with cosmetic flaws (this one is debateable as Buffet won`t give much info on this - some say it is an acceptional sounding E13 - either way it`s a good clarinet)"
Evette-Schaeffer Master Model From other discussion it appears the story about cosmetically flawed R13s being sold as E&S Master Models is incorrect  -- and that cosmetically flawed R13s have been sold as Buffet Academy models. 

Other recommendations include that some Master Models are R-13 (as are Olds Opera's).  But during what part of the R13 process were they declared not fit for R13s?  This could occur any time in the R13 process.  Therefore, theoretically a Master Model could be from the same wood selection only of an R13 all the way to the end of production after some visual flaws are found.  So, theoretically, a Master Model could be an R13 in all ways except for a few visual flaws OR could only be from the wood selection of an R13, and all other things potentially different.

Evette-Schaeffer Master Models range from K5000 to K11000 which corresponds to 1953 to approx 1961.  These can be considered the best as they also correspond to the R-13 introduction.

1960 Buffet Brochure about the E&S Master Model: "Instruments that embody considerable hand craftsmanship, as do all the Buffet products, will vary slightly from instrument to instrument. Those Evette & Schaeffer clarinets that surpass the superb quality characteristic of al E&S instruments, are set aside to comprise the ME-13 Master Model Evette & Schaeffer clarinets."  The 1968 price list for an "E&S E13" clarinet is $250 and for the E&S Master Model ME-13 is $299.  The E13 would finally get a Buffet logo in the 1980s

 

The words "Master Model" may be above or below the logo; Upper and/or lower joint and/or bell

   
Evette Master Model

The words "Master Model" may be above or below the logo

No letters
Serial  Date  Source  Markings  Case and notes 
2027     eBay 9/06 On bell and top joint: "Evette & Schaeffer" / "Paris" / "France" in oval. "Modele Buffet-Crampon" below oval.  Rectangular case, brown w/ brown lining, w/ lift clasps, holding barrel separate (maybe room for 2nd barrel or reed case), rear compartment.
56xx     eBay 9/06 Modele Buffet-Crampon. Rounded rectangular case, black w/ blue lining, w/ lift clasps, holding barrel separate, L side compartment.
         
A series
Serial  Date  Source  Markings  Case and notes
A series  "early-mid thirties based on its keywork"  [1]   ?   ?  
A1568  1930s?  [2]   ?   ?  
[edit]B series
Serial  Date  Source  Markings  Case and notes  
B series  "From what I've read (and the dating of older E&S clarinets is difficult) I think the B series is from the 1940's or early 1950's (?)."  [3]  --  --  
B388   ?  [4]  "The Evette-Schaeffer name is inside the upper arc of an engraved oval, with Paris in the center and France on the bottom of the oval. Underneath the oval is Modele Buffet-Crampon."   ?  
B0770   ?  [5]   ?  "... colored a rusted brown and has rounded edges with the metal stamp of Buffet on it. It has two locking [button] latches. ... The inside of the case is a burgundy colored velvet with an area at the back of the case that holds extras such as the swab, lyre, etc. (Just one long open area across the back). There is also one small section that measures about 1x2 inches where the reed case goes. "  
B1074  1930s-1940s Germany*  [6]  "the bell of my instrument says, 'Made in France'."   ?  
B1814   ?  [7]   ?   ?  
B1273   ?  eBay 9/06  On bell: "Evette / Schaeffer" [punctuation unclear] / "Paris" / "France" in oval, "Modele Buffet-Crampon" below oval.  Rounded rectangular case, brown w/ brown lining, holding barrel separate (maybe room for 2nd barrel or reed case), rear compartment.  
B1497  1950s?  [8]   ?   ?  
B2542   ?  [9]  Eveette&Schaeffer, Paris, France. Modele Buffet-Cranpon.   ?  
B29xx   ?  eBay 9/06   ?   ?  
B4477  1952 (June 1952 per B&H)  [10]   ?   ?  
B5604   ?  eBay 9/06   ?   ?  
B6816   ?  eBay 9/06   ?   ?  
B7129   ?  eBay 9/06  On barrel: "Evette & Schaeffer" / "Paris" / "France" in oval. "Made in France" above oval. "Modele Buffet-Crampon" below oval.  Rectangular case, brown w/ brown lining, w/ lift? clasps, holding barrel separate, room for 2nd barrel or reed case, rear compartment.  
B7382   ?  [11]  "Modele Buffet Crampon Made in France"  Velvet lined-orange/brown Leather Case  
B7899  pre 1956 (sold on 8 Aug 1956)  eBay 9/06   ?  Rounded rectangular case, brown w/ brown lining, w/ spring clasps, holding barrel separate, room for 2nd barrel or reed case, rear compartment.  
B8193   ?  [12]  Modele Buffet-Crampon.   ?  
D Series
D33xxx - 1973
K series
Serial  Date  Source  Markings  Case and notes  
K series  "The last series was the K-series. It began around 1953 according to the Boosey & Hawkes web site."  [13]  --  --  
"Buffet started making K series around 1930 and continued until they became E-13."  [14]  --  --  
K81  ~1941*  eBay 9/06  "The trade mark says below the Evette & Schaeffer 'modele buffet-crampon'".  Bell end case, black w/ red lining, w/ button slide clasps and center lock, holding barrel on top joint, round cork grease RR, reed case LC.  
K179  1930?  [15]   ?   ?  
K4xx  1942 "The seller had an apparent sales receipt for the instrument dated 1942."  [16]   ?  [I suspect this is actually K512, see below]  
K512  1943 "There was a bill of sale with the instrument dated early 1943 that appeared to belong to the instrument."  [17]   ?   ?  
K569   ?  eBay 9/06  "All 5 pieces are marked with 'Evette & Schaeffer Paris France Modele Buffet-Crampton'."  Bell end case, black w/ purple lining, w/ spring clasps.  
K23xx   ?  [18]  "Evette & Schaeffer Paris, France Modele Buffet Crampon Made in France"   ?  
K24xx  "This was my clarinet that was purchased new for me. I think it was purchased about 1954."  J. Martin, R. Holmes (eBay 8/06)  On all parts: "Evette & Schaeffer" / "Paris" / "France" in oval, "Modele Buffet-Crampon" below oval, "Made in France" well below oval.  Bell end case, black w/ purple lining, w/ spring clasps, holding barrel separate, room for reed case (probably), flat cork grease RR.  
K4000  1952 -- according to B&H site in 2002 -- earliest K series serial number available from that site  [19]   ?   ?  
A K4xxx on purchased eBay had identical keywork to a 1955 R-13.
K5077  1953 "The Buffet site lists K5077 as built in 1953"  [20]  [Master Model]   ?  
K55xx  1960s  eBay 9/06  On bell: "Evette & Schaeffer" / "Paris" / "France" in oval, "Modele Buffet-Crampon" / "Made in France" / "Master-Model" below oval.  No case.  
K6285   ?  eBay 9/06  On top joint: oval (unclear), "Made in France" / "Master-Model" below oval.  Brown lining, holding barrel separate, front and side compartments.  
K67xx   ?  eBay 9/06  [Master Model]   ?  
K7631   ?  [21]  Evette & Schaeffer, "Master Model" above oval, "Modele Buffet Crampon" below oval.   ?  
K8222  "I've seen a questionably source that said s/n K8222 sold new in 1958."  [22]   ?   ?  
K9193   ?  eBay 9/06  "Master Model" above oval, "Evette & Schaeffer" / "Paris" / "France" in oval, "Modele Buffet Crampon" below oval.  Rectangular case, black w/ blue lining, w/ spring clasps, holding barrel separate, room for 2nd barrel or reed case, rear compartment.  
K10452   ?  eBay 9/06  On all pieces: "Evette & Schaeffer" / "Paris" / "France" in oval, "Modele Buffet Crampon" below oval.  Rounded rectangular case, brown w/ brown lining, holding barrel separate, reed case, rear compartment.  
K10511   ?  [23]  [Master Model]   ?  
K10593   ?  [24]  [not Master Model]   ?  
K124xx   ?  eBay 9/06  Modele Buffet-Crampon.  Rounded rectangular case, brown w/ brown lining, holding barrel separate (maybe room for 2nd barrel or reed case), rear compartment.  
K135xx   ?  [25]  [not Master Model]   ?  
K15901   ?  eBay 9/06  On bottom joint: "Master Model" above oval, ? in oval. "The instrument has the factory markings Buffet Crampone & Co Paris and Evette & Schaeffer along with the words Master Model on both large pieces of the clarinets body."   ?  
K16121  1965  [26]   ?   ?  
K18xxx  1968  [27]  [Master Model]   ?  
K187xx   ?  eBay 4/06 (L. Peters)  [not Master Model]  Black rounded? rectangular.  
K227xx   ?  [28]  [Master Model]   ?  
K230xx  pre 1976 "I have owned this clarinet for over 30 years" (in 2006)  eBay 9/06 (& seller response to question)  "Evette & Schaeffer" / "Paris" / "France" in oval, "Modele Buffet Crampon" below oval.  Rectangular case, black w/ blue lining, w/ spring clasps, holding barrel separate, room for 2nd barrel or reed case, rear compartment.  
K23367   ?  [29]   ?   ?  
K25860   ?  eBay 9/06  On top joint: "Evette & Schaeffer" / "Paris" / "France" in oval, "Modele Buffet Crampon" below oval.  Rounded rectangular case, black w/ blue lining, w/ spring clasps, holding barrel separate, room for 2nd barrel or reed case, rear compartment.  
K28717   ?  eBay 9/06  "ALL PIECES ARE STAMPED MADE BY BUFFET EVETTE &SCHAEFFER"  Rectangular case, black w/ black lining, w/ lift clasps, holding barrel separate, side compartment.  
K31536   ?  [30]   ?  Rectangular case, black? w/ red lining, lift clasps, L side compartment.  
K33487  ~1975  [31]   ?   ?  
K351xx  1960s  eBay 9/06  On barrel: Lyre above oval, "Buffet" / "Crampon & Cie" / "A Paris" in oval, script "R"? / "Made in France" below oval. On top joint and bell: "Evette & Schaeffer" / "Paris" / "France" in oval, "Modele Buffet Crampon" below oval.  Rectangular case, black w/ blue lining, w/ lift clasps, holding barrel separate, room for 2nd barrel or reed case, rear compartment.  
K35339  around 1976 (from s/n)  eBay 9/06   ?  Rectangular case, brown leather with red/pink lining, turn clasps on side, holding barrel separate, L and F compartments.  
K35468  1976 (from s/n)  eBay 9/06  On barrel: "Evette & Schaeffer" / "Paris" / "France" in oval, "Modele Buffet Crampon" below oval.   ?  
K444xx   ?  eBay 9/06  Made by Buffet-Crampon.  
K44445  1978  [32]   ?   ?  
* Note that Buffet serial number list shows no Buffet production 1940-1944 -- it seems particularly improbable that Buffet would have built clarinets in Germany in the "1930s-1940s". 
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