|Buffet Crampon Oboe
MATT SULLIVAN PLAYS EXCLUSIVELY ON A BUFFET OBOES.
MULTIPLE ONENESS - Track 2B
1825 the French instrument maker, Denis Buffet-Auger, established his
workshop in the heart of Paris. He quickly gained a reputation in the
music world for making an excellent 13-key clarinet. At that time,
clarinets were entirely made by hand, which required a wealth of
experience and craftsmanship.
1830 Denis' son, Jean-Louis, took over the business. He married Zoé
Crampon in 1836 and so the famous Buffet Crampon brand name was
created. The logo used today first appeared in 1844.
Auguste Buffet, Jean-Louis's uncle, knew the clarinetist Hyacinthe
Klosé, a virtuoso musician and a teacher at the Paris conservatory.
These two men, the technician and the artist, worked together. They
took the idea of movable rings, which the German Theobald Boehm had
developed for the flute, and adapted it for the clarinet. First
exhibited in 1839 this new system was very successful and in order to
meet demand, the Buffet Crampon factory was built in 1850 in
Mantes-la-Ville. As early as 1866 Buffet Crampon was producing its
first saxophones, only 20 years after the invention of this instrument
by the Belgian, Adolphe Sax.
Crampon received many awards for the quality of its instruments,
notably in 1889 during the Universal Exhibition in Paris. In 1918
Buffet Crampon entered the American market and established its position
as the leader in the world of professional clarinets. Robert Carrée, an
extremely talented acoustic technician, developed the R13 bore in 1950
and the RC bore in 1975. These in turn led to the creation of the
Festival and Prestige professional models.
1981 Buffet Crampon was acquired by the Boosey & Hawkes Group,
allowing the company to modernise its production facilities while
maintaining the world renowned quality of its craftsmanship. One of
Buffet Crampon's great strengths is its ability to adapt to modern
manufacturing techniques whilst safeguarding traditional craft skills.
February 2003 Buffet Crampon has become part of The Music Group, a new
company which has been formed to acquire the instrument manufacturing
companies that were formerly part of the Boosey & Hawkes Group. The
new operating structure of The Music Group offers Buffet Crampon
unlimited opportunities to fulfill its ambitions in the musical