New Buffet Dealer

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I am excited about having some Buffet clarinets coming in just a couple of months as New School of Music has partnered with Buffet to be one of their new dealers.  I have one Buffet clarinet of my own and highly recommend them to my students.  We have had previously owned Buffet clarinets in our rental fleet, but now can provide a larger section of clarinets from student to professional level.  You don't have to wait until our shipment comes in, you can special order or upgrade to a step-up clarinet like the E11, E12, or R13.  We do have an E11 in stock right now.

NSM Music Centers

DUNWOODY
New School of Music

Dunwoody Village Shopping Center
In the Courtyard
5509 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd.
Dunwoody, GA 30338 

770.394.1727
     
BUFORD
New School of Music

New Expanded Location:
2033 Buford Highway NE
Buford, GA 30518
Next to: Little Ceasars

678.482.2884
     
LILBURN
New School of Music

Five Forks Shopping Center
Next to: CVS/pharmacy
4100 Five Forks-Trickum Rd.
Lilburn, GA 30047

770.925.8900     

Buffet Crampon

Buffet Crampon is a woodwind instrument manufacturer, including oboes, flutes, saxophones, and bassoons.  They are most well-known for their clarinets, which is the choice of many professionals. 
Buffet Crampon began manufacturing musical instruments in 1825 exclusively in France, but has since expanded their business to include production facilities in Germany and China as well. Since the company's conception, Buffet Crampon has expanded to a worldwide market. Jerome Perrod, Buffet Group's Chief Executive Officer, runs the Buffet Crampon, Besson, B&S, Antoine Coutois , Hans Hoyer, J. Keilwerth, Meinl Weston, Scherzer and W. Schreiber brands.
Denis Buffet-Auger, of the Buffet family of French musical instrument makers, began making quality clarinets in Paris, France in 1825. The company expanded under Jean-Louis Buffet and his wife Zoé Crampon and became known as Buffet Crampon. (Another family member, Auguste Buffet jeune, who worked with famous clarinetist Hyacinthe Klose develop the Boehm system for clarinet, had his own business separate from Buffet Crampon.)

In 1950, the company developed its famous R13 clarinet, an extremely popular professional-level clarinet. In 1981, Buffet joined Boosey & Hawkes, which sold the French company to The Music Group in 2003. Two years later Buffet was bought by a French group. In 2006 Buffet Crampon acquired two brass instrument manufacturers, Antoine Courtois Paris and Besson. In 2008 Buffet Crampon continues to pursue its strategy by the acquisition of the Leblanc clarinet factory in La Couture-Boussey, Département of Eure, Haute-Normandie in France.
Recently, Buffet has made some efforts to protect the African Blackwood trees which provide grenadilla wood for clarinets, from being eliminated by introducing some wood composite products to its line up. However, Buffet has decided not to support sustainably managed forestry under the management of the FSC. Buffet composite wood models do not have the grain structure of a true wood product and as such they do not have the issue of cracking due to environmental changes that are typically seen in clarinets and other wood instruments.

Until the 1980s, only professional level clarinets carried the Buffet name. Lower priced clarinets for the beginner and intermediate market were branded "Evette" and "Evette & Schaeffer", respectively. For a time the Evette clarinets actually were built by other manufacturers under Buffet's sponsorship, and these instruments are marked "Evette sponsored by Buffet". By the early 1970s Buffet was making the Evettes in their own factory in Paris, and about 1979 manufacture was moved to a Buffet-owned factory in Germany. Evette & Schaeffer clarinets were made in Paris. Use of the Evette and Evette & Schaeffer brands ended about 1985, when the company began using the Buffet name on all its clarinets.

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