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|Alexandre(USA & Paris - Henri Selmer's brother)
Early G. Bundy
|Leblanc Serial Numbers|
|Buffet||Noblet Serial Numbers (Bb, Alto & Bass)|
|Evette-Schaeffer||Normandy Serial Numbers|
|Peter Eaton Clarinets||Selmer(USA)|
|Artley||Boosey & Hawkes|
|Leblanc, Noblet (Noblet, Normandy) History||Alternative Keywork|
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|Leblanc Emblems||Selmer Paris Emblems|
|Selmer USA Emblems (Mazzeo system)|
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Alexandre Clarinets were from Henri Selmer's Brother Alexandre. (in summary) Alexandre departed to the US in 1885 and was solo clarinetist for several of America's biggest Orchestras (Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, and New York Philharmonic Orchestra). He also struck out on his own and started manufacturing Alexandre clarinets in the US.
He started the Selmer USA company in 1904 and then started importing his brother's, Henri Selmer, instruments to the US. George Bundy, a former student, was hired to manage the company. When Henri desperately needed assistance in producing clarinets Alexandre went back to France in 1910 and opened the Gazillion factory. For a short period he produced Alexandre clarinets in France. These clarinets are stamped "made in france" the US ones I believe had no marking of origin. He then abandoned clarinet manufacture after helping his brother get his clarinet design "corrected".
You could say the Alexandre clarinets were Selmer Paris prototype clarinets. BUT they are not. Alexandre Selmer is a Selmer, but not a Henri Selmer and then Alexandre did design the new Henri Selmer clarinets which of course resemble his clarinets.
SN 726x - manufactured 1926-1927
NOTE: There are Alexandre saxophones but those are Italian made and no relation to Selmer
In 1927 George Bundy buys his store from the Selmers and becomes the sole distributor of the Henri Selmer Paris instruments. He names his company "H & A Selmer Inc." H&A probably standing for Henri & Alexandre. H&A is seen on vintage Selmer USA saxophones.
Below is an earlier Alexandre. throat keys are on separate posts but no throat adjusting screw and no trill guide
Artley Clarinet Serial Number List
Date Serial Number
sn 70065xx plastic student clarinet - This clarinet is interesting. It's a polycylindrical bore,and the keywork is quite spread making it not the best for a student. They play and sound nice though.
Little is known. They were made in New York City at one time and bought out be LeBlanc (unknown year)
Apparently they were manufactured on West 8th Street.
Boosey & Hawkes - British
B&H ceased production when purchase by the Buffet Company.
"LeFluer" model are Malerne and Corton/Amati stencils (1950s)
1-10 (student plastic, wood or rubber)
Marlborough (1960s) , Edgeware (1960s - 1970s) , and later the Emperor
Regent - both available in wood, plastic or rubber which varied over the years. Last made in 1970s before they were acquired by Buffet
925 / 926 Imperial - available in mostly rubber but also wood
Series 2000 (Pro)
1010, 1010 Symphony
NOTE: Early wood student Regents (1950s and before) had pot metal keys which are very soft, easily breakable and close to unrepairable. These clarinets are not worth much.. Models that do not have a serial number that matches the list may be made by Shreiber. Student Models that have no bell ring may also be made by Shreiber.
|1010||see pics below in 1976|
|Boosey & Company|
|Boosey & Hawkes|
|1951||52931||Flute & Clarinet SN's merged|
|1976||447000||1010 Symphony 4415xx|
|1983||55xxxx or possibly 652900|
Early George Bundy clarinets have been rumored to be Selmer Paris clarinets. But, here's something interesting:
Henri did not know George Bundy directly (assumption, but
it's easy to assume that Alexandre knew him much better)
Alexandre not only Hired Mr Bundy to help run his US operations initially but Mr. Bundy was a student of his and of course later sold the operations to Mr Bundy.
If we look at the emblems on the Bundy clarinets, and compare the typeface to that of the Alexandre clarinets, they, at least on the examples i've seen, are the same. So are G. Bundy clarinets actually Alexandre stencils ? I would think so. After all, there is alot of similarities between the Alexandre and Selmer Paris. And we already know that Alexandre went back to Paris to help Henri Selmer refine his clarinets. So, in short, I think G. Bundy clarinets are actually Alexandre stencils. Why not, Selmer Paris isn't actually known to stencil very many trumpets, saxophones nor clarinets throughout it's history.
I have pics coming soon showing these similarities.
Not the greatest of pics right now. But the Paris typeface is very similar. I have another Alexander which has more similar typeface and keywork (trying to find). But another possibility is that it is a Malerne stencil. They used about the same fonts too. After further investigation of Malernes I doubt it. Back to the Alexandre and Selmer Paris investigation.
Buescher True Tone. Considered Professional level. Blued steel springs. Blued steel insertion plates in flat spring channels. No "made in france" stamp anywhere though - not sure if they were manufactuered directly by Buescher or possible a stencil from Conn or anyone else. Buescher True Tone Clarinet
Buescher 400 clarinets were stencils from Selmer USA. Similar to the Selmer Signet 100 or 200.
|The modern Buffet logo first appeared on Buffets approximately in 1844|
|Late 1800s||No serial numbers
Wrap around register key
"H. Bettoney" is stamped on the Bell as the US importer. LP can be lightly seen under the UJ under the Made in France stamp below the Buffet Emblem. The 1906 version of this clarinet has a normal backside register key & vent.
These early Buffets featured the cutout below the crows foot and a flat spring underneath the F#/C# key. You can see the metal piece as the touch point for the flat spring in the cutout. It also featured a flat spring on the C#/G#
|1910-1930s||1910-1930s Buffets were imported by Carl Fisher and had an appropriate designation to that. Any "LP" stamp designated Low Pitch at 440hz|
|1936ish||keywork modification (at least 1936) when the [a] added throat adjustment screw, [b] LH pinky spatula keys went from 1 shared post to two posts and rods; [c] and 2 horizontally placed screw thumbrest. [d] The LH side sliver key still closes a small vent key - fork Eb/Bb mechanism (see pics of 1936 in SN list)|
|1941-1950||Carl Fisher Musical Instruments Company of New York
continued to import the Buffet clarinets. They (Carl Fisher and
not Buffet) had
the designations of R13, R13 1/2, R14, R14 1/2, R16 R16 1/2, R16 3/4 -
this was found in the Carl Fisher catalogs, not on the clarinet
The "1/2" represented an Eb lever.
The R14 had 17 keys and 7 rings & the Eb lever.
R16 was the 19 key, 7 ring with articulated G#, Eb lever and forked Eb key.
R16 3/4 had 20 keys, 7 rings, articulated G#, Eb lever, forked Bb and a partridge in a pear tree !!
|pre R-13||Pre-R13s Stopped production around 1955. Visual
attributes: Shared throat post keys; key guide for top two trill keys
is a flat metal with triangular sides.
From at least 1941 - 1955 Pro Buffets had a "Master Bore". During the 1950-1955 time frame Carree's polycylindrical bore was used experimentally and evolved towards the introduction of the R-13 in 1955.
|R-13||Started Production in 1955 through today.
Some "prototypes" were developed earlier than 1955. Primary identification included separate throat key posts; shape of the key guide for the top two trill keys - R-13 has a cylinder with slot cut down the middle.
|Early R13s has a flat spring for the C#/G# key until,
supposedly 1970. To some, this provides a much smooth key
action. This was the preferred method going back to the earliest
Buffets but was not used in the 1940s - mid 1950's - as a needle
spring was used.
We offer a service where we can retrofit a flat spring to the C#/G# key for those that prefer it (the needle spring can be unhooked and kept in position if desired)
(High end Intermediate)
|pre E-13s (before they were sold as Buffets) are Evette-Schaeffer and Evette clarinets - please see that section for more information.|
(Conservatory/High end Intermediate)
|Made in Germany. Current E-11s have plastic tonehole inserts|
|R113s were also known as the Academy model which were
supposedly identical to R13 with some minor default such as body or
Apparently the Buffets from 38,000 through 41,000 were designed with a lower joint a bit too large. This created a problem with clarinetists playing the instrument in tune and Buffet was losing business. Buffet brought in Hans Moenig who some how corrected the faults and these instruments were relabeled as an Academy model and sold as a student model.
|S-1||1970s. R-13 with a inverse taper barrel for a slightly brighter sound. Recognizable by the S1 in a diamond below the Buffet emblem.|
|Limite||A store marketed brand (Brooke Mays, Caldwell Music of
the US) of the E-11 with a cheaper plastic thumbrest, soft sided case,
silver plated keys.
Recognizable by "Limite" in script below the Buffet emblem.
|Olds Opera &
|supposed R-13 stencils (or Master Models) from the 1960s and 1970s. BUT since this really can't be proven they really don't sell for much.|
|Buffet Elite||Manufactured from the 1980s through 2002. Thin wall body made of a premium grenadilla. The reinforcing rings were made of black polycarbonate fiber. It was supposedly designed for "chamber" settings and not orchestra or concert band setting|
|B12 (brushed)||Very lightweight brushed plastic, great for beginners. Made in West Germany and the quality is unmatched for a student instrument. Excellent keywork, fit and finish.|
|Evette||predecessor to the B12 - separate throat key posts, triangular trill key guide an a large Evette emblem on a plastic body|
|1886||A1 - A886|
B1 - B999
1B - 417B
1C - 999C
C1 - C300
D1 - D999
|1890||349D - 999D
E1 - E999
1E - 316E
|1891||317E - 999E
|1892||191F - 999F
G1 - G999
1G - 58G
|1893||59G - 999G
H1 - H999
1H -1 84H
|1894||185H - 999H
I1 - I665
|1895||I666 - I999
1I - 999I
J1 - J617
|1896||J618 - J999
1J - 999J
K1 - K514
|1897||K515 - K999
1 K - 999K
L1 - L561
|1898||L562 - L999
1L - 999L
M1 - M590
|1899||M591 - M999
1M - 999M
N1 - N440
|1900||N441 - N999
1N - 999N
O1 - O521
|1901||O522 - O999
1O - 999O
P1 - P999
1P - 374P
|1902||375P - 999P
R1 - R999
1R - 404R
|1903||405R - 999R
S1 - S999
1S - 999S
T1 - T40
|1904||T41 - T999
621T - 999T
U1 - U999
1U - 81U
|1905||82U - 999U
V1 - V999
1V - 751V
|1906||752V - 999V
X1 - X999
1X - 999X
Y1 - Y840
|1907||Y841 - Y999
1Y - 999Y
Z1 - Z999
1Z - 812Z
|1908||813Z - 999Z
1A2 - 1A999
1B1 - 1B999
B21 - 60B1
2H1 - 999H1
1I2 - 1I999
2I1 - 413I1
|1914||414I1 - 999I1
41J2 - 1J999
2J1 - 224J1
|1915||225J1 - 999J1
1K2 - 1K341
2K1 - 460K1
2L1 - 661L1
1M2 - 1M800
2M1 - 999M1
11N2 - 1N515
|pic courtesy of Junkdude.com
2N1 - 999N1
1O2 - 1O193
2O1 - 692O1
1P2 - 1P999
2P1 - 536P1
|1924||537P1 - 999P1
1R1 - 226R1
|1925||227R1 - 999R1
|1926||1S877 - 1S999
2S1 - 999S1
1T2 - 1T508
|1927||1T509 - 1T542|
|1928||1 - 2500|
|1929||2501 - 4999|
|1930||5000 - 7499|
|1931||7500 - 9999|
|1932||10000 - 12500|
|1933||12501 - 15000|
|1936||20001 - 22000||pics courtesy Junkdude.com
|1937||22001 - 24000|
|1938||24001 - 26000|
|1939||26001 - 27000|
|1945||27001 - 28000|
|1945 -1957||about 3000 per year||1955 - official production of the R-13|
|1958||58835 - 59143|
|1959||59144 - 62457|
|1960||62458 - 65956|
|1961||65957 - 68717|
|1962||69718 - 75319|
|1963||75320 - 78093|
|Apparently the most wanted Buffets are from the range 83k to 200k (1965 to 1979)|
|1964 to 1966||78094 - 93203|
|1967||93204 - 99331|
|1990||324770-||Buffet Jazz Festival 333xxx|
Between 1968 and 1974 Buffet also made the Super Dynaction Bb clarinet. Few of these are known in existance though they seem to have a low demand due to their jazz heritage.
Evette Master models with the cutout under the RH crow feet are the identified R-13 rejects.
Approximately 1990 Buffet changed their lineup.
Pro to Beginner: R13 (Pro) - C12 (Intermediate) - E45 (Intermediate) - E11 (Beginner) - B12 (Beginner)
Pro to Begginer: R13 (Pro) - E13 (Intermediate) & C12 (conservatory intermediate) - E12 (Intermediate) - E11 (Beg) - B12 (Beg)
C-13 (aka International) is the equivalent to an E-11 but it was manufactured as a "private brand" for another US company
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Buffet E-13 Clarinets
|Serial number||Year of make||Notes, pics|
Buffet Harmony Clarinets
|Serial number||Year of make||Notes, pics|
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E-S information provided by Rich Holmes
|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
|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.|
Serial Date Source Markings Case and notes A series "early-mid thirties based on its keywork"  ? ? A1568 1930s?  ? ?
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 (?)."  -- -- B388 ?  "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 ?  ? "... 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*  "the bell of my instrument says, 'Made in France'." ? B1814 ?  ? ? 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?  ? ? B2542 ?  Eveette&Schaeffer, Paris, France. Modele Buffet-Cranpon. ? B29xx ? eBay 9/06 ? ? B4477 1952 (June 1952 per B&H)  ? ? 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 ?  "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 ?  Modele Buffet-Crampon. ?
D33xxx - 1973
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."  -- --
"Buffet started making K series around 1930 and continued until they became E-13."  -- -- 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?  ? ? K4xx 1942 "The seller had an apparent sales receipt for the instrument dated 1942."  ? [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."  ? ? 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 ?  "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  ? ? A K4xxx on purchased eBay had identical keywork to a 1955 R-13. K5077 1953 "The Buffet site lists K5077 as built in 1953"  [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 ?  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."  ? ? 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 ?  [Master Model] ? K10593 ?  [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 ?  [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  ? ? K18xxx 1968  [Master Model] ? K187xx ? eBay 4/06 (L. Peters) [not Master Model] Black rounded? rectangular. K227xx ?  [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 ?  ? ? 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 ?  ? Rectangular case, black? w/ red lining, lift clasps, L side compartment. K33487 ~1975  ? ? 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  ? ? * 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". Retrieved from "http://editthis.info/clarinet_wiki/Evette_and_Schaeffer_serial_numbers"
Monopole - professional line of clarinets (and saxophones, trumpets, etc)
Thanks to Chris J for the Couesnon information and pictures
Peter Eaton Clarinets
Peter Eaton clarinets are fairly new to the marketplace (compared to Selmer, Buffet & Leblanc)
International - small bore
Elite - large bore - .6045" entry .5985 bottom of top joint 2007 model
Apparently (unconfirmed) Eaton clarinets are a rendition of the Boosey & Hawkes 1010 clarinets, but improved all around. Keywork molds apparently from B&H. The B&H Symphony model is nearly identical to the Eaton clarinets.
The following is used with permission from Mr. Don Mackrill and his fine website. Check it out sometimes, full of information and history.
The Story of HENRI SELMER Co London
An Englishman called Ben Davis was demobbed from the British Army in 1919, after the First World War, just when Dixieland jazz and dance music was becoming popular in the UK. being fascinated by the new sounds, Ben taught himself to play the saxaphone. He played with many of the big bands in the country, and finally formed his own.
Ben was a man of considerable drive and ambition,seeing further potential on the business side of the music Instustry and following a meeting with Henri Selmer in 1928, Ben established the Selmer Company in London, at No 12 Moor Street . The first premises were soon outgrown by 1933, when the business was moved to 114-116, Charing Cross Rd.in the Centre of London which was there head Office and Showroom until the 70's.The company's greatest period of expansion was from 1934 to the start of World War II in 1939. By then Selmer was the biggest company in the British musical instrument industry. After the war, Ben's brother Lew Davis, who was a professional trombonist, joined the company. They opened another shop in Charring Cross Road run by Lew Davis specializing in Brass and woodwind instruments.
The Selmer company remained and established its sucessful business at the Charring Cross Road address which was in the centre of London untill the early 70's.
Selmer London were major importers of
Brass and wind instruments. Apart from being the exclusive UK
Distributor for Selmer Paris , they had there
own brand names, which were very successful .Such Student Lines as
,Console and Sterling Clarinets,Flutes and Oboes, Gold Seal Flutes
."Karl Meyer "and "Pennsylvania Student Saxophones" followed later by
the "Super Pennsylvania " which was made by Yanagisawa in Japan and was
marketed as a step up horn.
During this same period a very similar situation help Yamaha .The Selmer Mk7 not being that easily accepted by the profession ( mainly for the Gorrila like fingering) left the market open in the UK in which Yamaha took advantage and got in with their model 62 thanks to the expertise of Bill Lewington the Yamaha importer at the time.
Selmer London was evetually sold to Norlin USA in the 80's
Ben Davis retired to the south of France and lived well into his late nineties . In the UK he left a great legacy and a hard act to follow. HENRI SELMER COMPANY UK
selmer console steel ebonite.
Selmer USA information is sketchy at best. Please contribute information. If anyone has any information they wish to share about any item on or not on this page please contact Steve
Selmer USA has manufactured various clarinets under the Signet brand since about 1945. These have almost always been inferior to the Selmer-Paris models, but during WWII, Paris clarinets were, for obvious reasons, not available here
The Selmer USA serial numbers for the forties, in the list that I have, show a gap between 30,000 (10/15/40) and 33,000 (6/1/47) presumably because of the war.
Selmer USA began making (or selling) Manhatten metal clarinets and Manhatten wood clarinets in the 1920s and/or 1930s.
Wood Bundys started production in 1941.
Plastic Bundys started production in 1948.
With World War II cutting off the import of Selmer Paris instruments George Bundy started the line of of Bundy student instruments then added the Signet intermediate line. But some of the first Bundy wood clarinets were apparently Selmer Paris instruments in disguise. So production of Bundy clarinets would have started before their supply was cut off (or after the war ?).
Signet Specials started production in 1941 or 1946. The early Signet Specials has the insignia on the barrel as well as on the other pieces. The barrel insignia was stopped around 1955. The early Signet Specials had a guide for the top trill key which was gone in 1955 but reappeared in 1960. In 1955 the tan leather cases were introduced but the inside arrangement and outside label was different. The badge on the 1960 case had Selmer in red letters. By the late 1960's the case was black plastic or fiberglass and had Signet in a circle. Sometime in the mid 1960's the Mazzeo Signet Special models (see the brochures below) were produced along with the regular model with the serial numbers being the same series as the regular model.
Mazzeo Brochure #1
Mazzeo Brochure #2
The Mazzeo mechanism on the Signet allows the player to switch between "Mazzeo" mode and regular Boehm. The first picture has a Bundy Mazzeo (on the bottom) and a Signet Mazzeo (on the top)
The Signet mechanism (left) shows it in the Mazzeo position. It has a knurled end "plunger" mechanism to turn the Mazzeo system on/off. To dsconnect you simply push the mechanism in. To reconnect you pull it out.
Mazzeo information, brochures and pictures provided by S. Page, UK
Signet Special 100 evolved from the Signet Special sometime in the 1970s with the serial number list continuing as before. Around this time the Signet Resonite was also produced.
The Soloist possible had their own set of serial numbers starting possible in the 1950s.
Selmer USA supposedly was not making clarinets from 1944 through 1946
Approximate Serial Number list
Signet special serial numbers
Looks like they must have started at end of WWII (1946,7 ?) or possibly 1941
3500 initial annual production /200 = 17/working day or about 2/hr
26000 ~ 1955 (John O's is 26754) no guide on highest trill key
30354 – case and clarinet still look like ’55 model
33608 - no guide on highest trill key, puchased new, per owner 1958
40403 - bought used in 1962
41297 – Seller thinks 1965 purchase
42984 - DEC 1960 ? 17000 in 5 years (~ 3400/yr) (3300/yr for 13 years?)
48863 – case etc. like ‘70s (no metal on center tenon ? replaced?)
57918 – bought in 1968, per original owner
62135 - bought in 1968, per original owner
64176 - Signet Special Mazzeo
65000 ~ 1967 (3200/yr for 20 years?)
71436 – bought Dec. 9, 1967 per receipt
72216 Aug 1969 30000 in 9 years (~ 3300/yr) (72000 in 22 years? 3100/yr)
803XX - bought new in 1970 per owner
84273 Mazzeo that fairly knowledgeable seller claims was made in 1965 (more likely 1975)
85703 (100) seller says 1975 (but also claims age of 35 years making it 1969)
90276 (100) seller says 1973
111610 – seller says approx 1976
151462 ~1980 74000 in 11 years (~ 6700/yr) (about 4/hour) 125000 in 25 years ~ 5000/yr (151000 in 33 years? 4000 + /year?)
Soloist serial nos
Looks like they have own set of numbers
13028 bought early in 1960/per paperwork
16228 ? (has features of specials above say 35000)
25846 purch 4/13/76 w/paperwork
37795 –owner told suzie ray it was purchased new in 1994
100 serial nos: are these a separate series or are specials, soloist, and 100s intermingled ? Plastic Signets?
85703 seller says 1975
one seller says purchased in 1973
120912 Sellers husband says new in ‘75
180052 - 1979 (probably wrong)
235888 (bought used in 1994)
247832 about 1995
260037 (seller claims 1999)Looks like these things may sit around music stores for years.
263889 seller says 1997 (sounds reliable) (264000 in 50 years? ~ 5300/yr?) possible
266510 seller says 93, 94
Thanks to John O. for his contribution to Selmer USA information
|Selmer USA Emblems|
|Selmer Signet Soloist (top of the line Selmer USA) – was (is) supposedly Selmer
Paris body & keys. Modern ones may not be, unconfirmed information. Good
value instrument. Quality close to a Noblet 45.
- silver plated keys
at least 1991 to
metal tenon joints top and bottom of upper and lower stack. May be constructed from Selmer Paris body tubes.
|Selmer Signet Special (2nd from Selmer USA)
- metal tenon joints upper and lower stacks
(left from ebay)
|Selmer Signet 100 (3rd from Selmer USA)
Visually identifiable by no metal tenons on the upper joint (unless repaired) and a metal tenon on the lower joint for the bell.
(from Cindy Chastain)
Selmer (Paris) Clarinets
Professional clarinets since 1885 The Series: is the letter in the serial number itself and not the model
Example: Selmer, Series 10S, #B0478 is a B Series made in 1980.
We have no information on Selmer clarinets made before the L Series
Selmer Paris clarinets in various years through the 1980s had markings similar to "Sole Agents, US & Can Selmer New York - Elkhart". Clarinets with markings similar to these can be identified as clarinets exported to the United States. European and Canadian Selmer clarinets had no markings.
|Harmony and Metal clarinets were serialized separately until at least 1930. By the N series all their instruments are serialed together. Later Metal clarinets had and adjustable barrel with a highly grooved section, earlier models where not adjustable.|
|1/1/24 (19)||6000 Old Emblem 65xx|
|1/1/30 (25)||K3500 (K3000)|
|1/1/31 (26)||K5000 (K4200)|
|1/1/29||K8400||sn1906 courtesy of Junkdude.com
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|1/1/31||L1000||Later Metal clarinets had an adjustable barrel with a highly grooved section, earlier models where not adjustable. -->||Bb 23xx & A 29xx with adjustable barrel
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RI - Radio Improved started around K7000
BT - Balanced Tone started around L5000
The modern Selmer emblem starts in 1926, somewhere around K4500. There was also an earlier emblem, up to somewhere in the 4000's, that has a winged globe over the H SELMER A PARIS oval. I have heard that the winged-globe emblem indicates the era when Henri Selmer himself still tested and finished the clarinets but that's purely anecdotal, there's no reason to assume it's true.
The RI model begins around K7000, the BT around L5000. The articulated G# was not particular to the M-series, it appears in some horns of every model up to even the 10S.
|Year of make||Serial number||Emblems (click on pic to see larger view)|
|1885 to 1926
1904 - clarinet launched at the Saint Louis / USA Exhibition
|M Series - Emblem Change|
|2/1/39||M1000||Customers M series had old Emblem - but according to
henri-selmer.com it was changed in 1926
|New Selmer Emblem|
1945 only (?)
|N Series - Later N series were also known as BT - Balanced Tone - both identifiable by a large domed speaker bush (the body octave hole) with two holes to remove it, and a removeable speaker tube.|
|1949||N4900||Partial Boehm N54xx|
|P Series - Centered Tone series - identifiable by a large hexagonal speaker bush (the body octave hole). Benny Goodman made these instruments famous.|
|1959 - Mazzeo system (more information)||R6100||
Mazzeo Brochure #1
Mazzeo Brochure #2
|1960||S1150||Selmer 9* emblem
v822x Series 10 A
|1971 - Series 10 is launched (per Selmer)||W5900|
|1977 - model 10 SII is launched||Z5200|
|1980 & 1981|
|1984 - Recital series launches|
9* - reduced some tone hole diameters and introduced undercutting and a smaller bore. 10 move towards a polycylindrical bore. 10G - work with Anthony Gigliotti to mimic the Buffet design.
During the M series there are two distinct versions of them, also during that timeframe was an emblem change. On all the M Series the G# was located for the LH pinky but also for the RH ring finger. This design put the G# tone hole on the lower body, and also had the top lower body tonehole go through the upper body joint and cork. During this timeframe the emblem changed from a round oval to the current circular leaf design.
|Old Selmer Emblem
|New Emblem Selmer (to current)
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Leblanc / Noblet / Normandy Clarinets History
Leblanc/Noblet History (taken from gleblanc.com before the Conn-Selmer buyout - just in case it gets removed)
Other recent milestones
have also marked Leblanc's centuries-old history and traditions. The Noblet
name, for example, still vital as a brand within the Leblanc France line,
marked its 250th anniversary in the year 2000, and the Frank Holton Company,
Leblanc’s brasswind division, celebrated its centennial in 1998. G. Leblanc
Corporation itself, founded in 1946, marked the beginning of a new era of
vigorous leadership in 2003 when Leon Pascucci assumed the primary
management role upon the death of his father, Vito Pascucci.
Approximately 1978 Leblanc bought out Normandy corporation and incorporated them as a beginner line with Noblet and Leblanc clarinets.
Leblanc had a major keywork change from "standard" keywork to the sculpted "bridged" keywork.
LeBlanc Noblet clarinets
(Leblanc) Normandy clarinets (current
student line known as Noblet 4)
SML (Marigaux, Lemaire and Strasser)
If anyone has any information they wish to share about any item on or not on this page please contact Steve Thanks. Steve
SML (Marigaux, Lemaire and Strasser) made three levels of clarinets - Professional with 5 stars, Intermediate with 4 stars and Student. There was also a model which only had "SML" without a model name; SML also had an entry level clarinet made of hard-rubber.
Post 1960 the student ones were made of plastic
SML also made Evette clarinets for Buffet and various other stencils such as Olds, Conn and Linton. Schriber also made Evette clarinets for Buffet
King - King distributed SML clarinets. All SML clarinets distributed by King had a crown on them. The word "King" was inscribed under the crown. King Marigaux, King Lemaire, and King Strasser.
Unfortunately many SMLs may also have no specific inscription and are only identifiable by specific keywork. In this case the octave key easily identifies a SML: Symphonie Artiste
King Lemaire emblem (from eBay)
an interesting article http://idrs.colorado.edu/Publications/DR/DR5.3/strasser.html
The history of Malerne clarinets is sketchy at best, so the following information may be correct at one certain time or another. If you have any more accurate information please please contact Steve
Malerne has three distinct soprano clarinets. The "Professional" which had 4 stars, the "Intermediate" which had 3 stars, and the "Standard" model which had no stars and was considered the student model. Malerne (like SML) stenciled their clarinets and you can find Malernes as Conns, Olds and Linton and possibly others.
The Standard model apparently did not have an adjustment screw on the G#/A
throat keys on the early ones. The Intermediate and Professional did (I
assume all the time). The bore on the
standard (on one measured instrument) was smaller at .577 than the
Intermediate and Pro. Not many of these have passed through my hands and I
have not kept any measure dimensions or pics of them.
In 1904 Mr. Malerne was a Noblet foreman and played in the La Couture Municipal Band when Mr. Georges Leblanc was the Director. In 1930s LeBret (Paris) was sold to Malerne. In 1975 Malerne was bought by SML.
Malerne Standard Emblem
A1816 & A43xx has the Bb throat adjusting screw. ( The dates are really just a guess )
A6793 - 1942ish no lining and no throat adjusting screw. Yes, if you noticed the A6793 (supposedly a later serial number has no adjusting screw, where as the A43xx has one)
E3491 - 1946ish - had that nickel silver lining in the upper joint. adjusting screw on the throat keys. Pics are from top of top joint, and from bottom of top joint
Oxxxx = 1955ish
|STRASSER MARIGAUX LEMAIRE|
|A short historic recalls...|
Marigaux, a famous name, a renowned
brand. Since now over 50 years the name Marigaux has been associated with
those of the greatest oboe players, its reputation ever continuing to assert
itself. At present Marigaux is a reference in the field of sound throughout
The 12 January 1935, Strasser Marigaux was founded by three associates: Mr Strasser, Mr Marigaux and Mr Lemaire, hence the abbreviation of the current company SML. Strasser Marigaux began activity in Paris, 144 bd. de la Villette with the manufacture of saxophones and flutes. In parallel with this also began the making of oboes and clarinets at a workshop in the Couture Boussey, a town in the Eure already a well-known centre of French craftsmanship.
In 1975, Marigaux bought the company Malerne (in the Couture Boussey) and transferred their production into a more spacious factory.
In 1981 Strasser Marigaux abandoned the manufacture of all other intruments to devote itself entirely to the improvement of oboes and clarinets.
in 2001 Marigaux stopped production of Clarinets and now strictly produce Oboes.
RS Symphonie (information courtesy from Ben from Switzerland)
The Marigaux Symphonie was named after Roland Simoncini, former solo clarinetist of the Orchestre National de France, under whose guidance this clarinet has been designed. Unfortunately, Marigaux abandoned the clarinets sometime in 2003 and now concentrate on oboes and English horns.
This clarinet sports a number of unusual ergonomic features such as the roller keys on the right hand pinky keys' stack, an asymmetric register key, comfortable trill keys and a neatly designed "landing zone" for the left hand pinky.
|24 (plastic)||SN example: 015762|
|26 II (plastic)||
SN Example: 128853
SN example: 005080A and 006123 and 046107
|pics from Junkdude.com|
|61||SN Example: 004019A|
|82||982 era||pics from Junkdude.com|
|CS-G Custom||from ebay|
|Alternative Keywork Name||Makers who Used / Years||Pics / Notes|
|Mazzeo||Selmer / mid 1960s
Each model, Selmer Paris, Signet and Bundy had slightly different features.
|McIntyre||Upper joint only||from eBay
(this series 9 has a band on the top joint)
1982 Clarinet prices
|Artley||18-S-80||Reso w/bell ring||327||181|
|Buffet (1993 list)||B-11||plastic||320||191|
|Yamaha||TCL26||Comp ABS plastic||339||199|
|Conn||28S-80||'Henkin' machine lathed and bored, wood grain prof key mechanism||335||186|
|Noblet||V-40||Wood gain - non wood||389||221|
|Artley||78-S-80||Wood Paris Prof||447||246|
|Armstrong||4020W||Wood Performance Model||449.50||264|
|Signet||100||Wood intermediate model||449.50||264|
|Normandy||4||Wood Paris Performance||472.50||269|
|Evette||1993 (E-11)||Wood Paris||459||274|
|Signet||110||Wood intermediate model||449.50||292|
|Noblet||40||Wood Paris Performance||575||338|
|Signet||115||Wood Performance Model||575||369|
|Noblet||45||Wood Paris Prof Artist||695||408|
|Noblet (1993 List)||145||Special Value (in 1993 list the 45 and 40 prices dropped)||675||395|
|Buffet (1993 list)||E-12||724||395|
|Marigaux||245||Wood Paris Professional||474||409|
|Evette||1101 (E-13)||Wood Paris Professional||995||594|
|Leblanc||1176||Wood Paris Prof Artist||1395||794|
|Selmer||B-15-9||Wood Paris Prof Artist||1400||798|
|Buffet||R-13||Wood Paris Prof Artist||1395||820|
|Marigaux||355||Wood Paris Prof||1518||829|
|Leblanc (1993 List)||L-300||1225||695|
|Selmer||B-15-10S||Wood Paris Prof Artist||1400||1050|
|Marigaux||700||Wood Paris Professional||1188||769|
|Yamaha||YCL-631, low Eb||grenadilla||2400||1595|
|Vito||7168||Reso Eb key on body||920||568|
|Marigaux||750||Wood Paris Professional||1470||955|
|Noblet||55||Wood Pars, 18 keys||1735||1214|
|Noblet||5J, Low Eb||1835||1285|
|Leblanc||400||Wood Paris, 18 keys||2700||2025|
|Yamaha||YCL-621, low Eb||2900||1945|
|Selmer||30||Wood Pari,s 18 keys||2800||2100|
|Buffet (1983), Low C||R-13||3991||2595|
|Leblanc||342BBb||all metal Paris, Low Eb||2304||1728|
|Leblanc||340BBb||All metal, Paris, Low C||4400||3299|
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