Buffet-Crampon Clarinet, used by Artie Shaw

Description (Brief)
This B-flat clarinet, serial number 22457, was made by Buffet-Crampon & Cie. Paris, France. 1938. It was previously owned and used by American jazz musician and band leader, Artie Shaw (1910 - 2004).

Shaw achieved International success with his recording of “Beguine the Beguine” in 1938. He continued his career performing around the world, selling thousands of records, and appearing on film and television. By the end of 1954 Shaw made his last appearance as a clarinetist and stopped performing to pursue other interests.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Shaw, Artie
Buffet-Crampon & Cie.
Physical Description
wood, ebony (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 29 in x 3 1/4 in; 73.66 cm x 8.255 cm
clarinet: 23 1/16 in x 2 1/2 in; 58.57875 cm x 6.35 cm
bell: 4 3/8 in x 3 1/4 in; 11.1125 cm x 8.255 cm
cap: 2 1/2 in x 1 3/16 in; 6.35 cm x 3.01625 cm
barrel: 2 11/16 in x 1 1/4 in; 6.82625 cm x 3.175 cm
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
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serial number
accession number
catalog number
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Artie Shaw
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