Buffet-Crampon Clarinet, used by Willie Smith

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.

Currently not on view
Smith, Willie
Buffet-Crampon & Cie.
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
Physical Description
grenadilla (overall material)
german silver (overall material)
overall: 23 1/4 in x 3 1/8 in; 59.055 cm x 7.9375 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Fischella Smith
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Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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