Buffet-Crampon Clarinet, used by Willie Smith

Description (Brief)
This clarinet was made by Buffet-Crampon & Cie in Paris, France in 1929.It is an Albert System clarinet in B-flat, serial #1708, made of grenadilla wood with German silver keys and rings. This clarinet is stamped:

BUFFET [/] Crampon & Cie [/] A PARIS [/] [Buffet-Crampon logo]

William McLeish “Willie’ Smith (1910-1967), American jazz musician, began playing the clarinet and later switched to saxophone. Smith, predominately known as an alto saxophonist, first gained success with Jimmie Lunceford’s band and went on to perform with Harry James, Duke Ellington, and Gene Krupa. His saxophone, made in 1935 (museum #1990.0087.01), is also in the collection of Musical Instruments.
Location
Currently not on view
user
Smith, Willie
maker
Buffet-Crampon & Cie.
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
Physical Description
grenadilla (overall material)
german silver (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 23 1/4 in x 3 1/8 in; 59.055 cm x 7.9375 cm
mouthpiece with cap: 4 in x 1 3/4 in; 10.16 cm x 4.445 cm
mouthpiece in box: 3 3/4 in x 1 1/8 in x 1 1/8 in; 9.525 cm x 2.8575 cm x 2.8575 cm
barrel: 2 1/4 in x 1 3/16 in; 5.715 cm x 3.01625 cm
barrel: 2 5/8 in x 1 1/4 in; 6.6675 cm x 3.175 cm
barrel: 2 3/8 in x 1 1/4 in; 6.0325 cm x 3.175 cm
upper joint: 9 3/16 in x 1 7/8 in; 23.33625 cm x 4.7625 cm
lower joint: 10 1/8 in x 2 1/8 in; 25.7175 cm x 5.3975 cm
bell: 4 3/8 in x 3 1/4 in; 11.1125 cm x 8.255 cm
ID Number
1990.0087.02
catalog number
1990.0087.02
accession number
1990.0087
Credit Line
Gift of Fischella Smith
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Clarinets
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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