Matt Sullivan

electro/acoustic oboe,  english horn
Director of Double Reed Studies, NYU, Steinhardt
MPAP- Music & Performing Arts Professionals

Buffet Crampon

Buffet Crampon Oboe


Buffet Crampon History

In 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.

In 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.

Louis 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.

Buffet 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.

In 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.

Since 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 instrument market.