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date: 29 January 2020


  • Anthony Béthune
  •  and William McBride


French firm of woodwind instrument makers. It was founded by Denis Buffet [Buffet-Auger] (b La Couture, 28 July 1783; d Paris, 24 Sept 1841), elder brother of Louis-Auguste Buffet [Buffet jeune] (whose own business was wholly independent). After his marriage to Marie-Anne Auger, Denis became known as Buffet-Auger. In 1825 he set up a workshop at 22 passage du Grand Cerf, Paris, where he made both string and wind instruments. Later 19th-century advertising states that the business was founded in 1830, not 1825, and this probably signifies that from 1830 onwards, Buffet-Auger’s son Jean-Louis (b La Couture, 18 July 1813; d Paris, 17 April 1865) gradually took over the running of the firm. In 1836, Jean-Louis married Zoë Crampon. At the Paris Exposition three years later, the business obtained a mention honorable. When Buffet-Auger died, Jean-Louis was left in charge of the business, taking the name Buffet-Crampon by ...

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