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 Buffet Evette Clarinet
Author: luis 
Date:   1999-07-22 16:58

i canīt find any information concerning this clarinet.
I will apreciate any kind of help.

Thank you in advance,
luis

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 RE: Buffet Evette Clarinet
Author: Don Berger 
Date:   1999-07-23 21:25

Hi Luis - I'm surprised that no one has tried to answer your question, so I'll try, but my knowledge of the Buffet cl's is quite limited. I believe that the Evette is [was] the student-intermediate cl of the line and were made in plastic [more recently] and in wood earlier. I have a plastic with serial no. 180,xxx [maybe 1970's] which is reasonably good for its present value of about $150. I believe this same rank [but improved] cl is named Buffet B- 12 now, and is possibly the best "student" model presently sold in US. There is a web-site for Boosey & Hawkes -Buffet which may give you more info. Others, please help.

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 RE: Buffet Evette Clarinet
Author: Lelia 
Date:   1999-07-23 23:54

There have been a lot of Buffet Evettes, Evette Buffet models, Buffet Evette models (just to make it extra-confusing!) and such over the years, beginning very early in the 20th century. The companies (Buffet, Evette-Schaeffer and combinations of those names) have been connected for about a hundred years. Eventually, Buffet owned the Evette name outright, and began using it only on student and intermediate models for a number of years, butome of the earliest Evette models are pro clarinets. Some of the later ones (1940s +) are good intermediates sold as moderately priced pro models. I haven't got them anywhere near sorted out, but I think that without some more information about this particular clarinet, such as exactly what it says on there, with all the numbers, it would be very hard for someone to answer this question.


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 RE: Buffet Evette Clarinet
Author: Rich Egan 
Date:   1999-07-24 02:24

I'm just a beginning clarinetist, but my wife plays an Evette. (Actually, so do I, but that's amnother Evette story.) Our clarinet repair person told us that, initially, Buffet made the Evette in Germany. These models were dogs, according to him and other comments I read on this page. Well below the usual Buffet standard. To re-establish the instrument's reputation, they began manufacturing Evettes in France. The Evette Master model (my wife's model) is a very decent instrument. No quite an R-13 but good, nevertheless.
Presently Buffet produces their intermediate models under the Evette name. They are the E-11, E-12 and the new E-13. I play an E-11, which is manufactured in Germany (again!). I'm not sure where the E-12 and E-13 are manufactured. Hope this answers your question.
Rich Egan, Rochester, NY

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