Ascertaining the manufacturing date of a B&H Clarinet

TheMusicMan

tMP Founder
Staff member
Hi All

A friend of mine has an old, good condition, wooden B&H Clarinet and we need to establish the manufacture date for it. We have the serial number of course, and I am aware there is a database for establishing the dates of manufacture for brass instruments, does anyone know if a similar database exists for Woodwind instruments...?

Ta.
 

TheMusicMan

tMP Founder
Staff member
Nice one Neal, thanks for this.

OK, so it's about 42 years old and dates from around 1966. Any ideas how I now put a value on it...?
 

tinytimp

Member
You may have found in your research that the instrument manufacture arm of Boosey & Hawkes was sold to various companies in 2003. Buffet Crampon took over the clarinet and brass manufacture.

According to the Buffet website, the UK contacts are Lyndon Chapman (lyndon.chapman@buffetcrampon.fr) and Tim Barrett (tim.barrett@buffetcrampon.fr) - it may be worth contacting one of them? Otherwise you could try somewhere like Norman's or John Packer, perhaps some of their specialists could advise you.
 

brassneck

Active Member
Hi All

A friend of mine has an old, good condition, wooden B&H Clarinet and we need to establish the manufacture date for it. We have the serial number of course, and I am aware there is a database for establishing the dates of manufacture for brass instruments, does anyone know if a similar database exists for Woodwind instruments...?

Ta.

- try here
 

TheMusicMan

tMP Founder
Staff member
Errrm.... how do I tell Dave... ? :):) I have it with me, but the friend is not here to advise me of that!

Sorry!
 

MoominDave

Well-Known Member
I have a feeling that it says on the body somewhere either 'Bb' or 'A'. Failing that, I'd find a friendly clarinet player, and ask them to blow it...

Chances are it's a Bb if it's on its own, but an A of that provenance might be of interest to complete a matched Bb/A set.
 

TheMusicMan

tMP Founder
Staff member
I have a feeling that it says on the body somewhere either 'Bb' or 'A'. Failing that, I'd find a friendly clarinet player, and ask them to blow it...

Chances are it's a Bb if it's on its own, but an A of that provenance might be of interest to complete a matched Bb/A set.
Hi Andy - the owner says it is a Bb Calrinet
Another bit of information required to help price it is knowing which model it is. Any idea John?
Tom, it's an Emperor 1966 model, equivalent to the current E1 apparently.
 
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