In 1825 Denis Buffet-Auger began making clarinets in Paris, France and grew under Jean-Louis Buffet and his wife Zoe Crampon. It was at this time that it became known as Buffet Crampon. Blues Angel Music is proud to offer the full Buffet Crampon line to the Gulf Coast.
The company has expanded its manufacturing to include facilities in Germany and China. In addition to clarinets, where the company got its start, Buffet Crampon also manufactures oboes, flutes, saxophones, English horns, and bassoons. In addition to the Buffet Crampon name, the company manufactures instruments under 11 other brands.
Schreiber has long understood how to blend the craftsman’s know-how with modern manufacturing methods. The combination of highly qualified specialists, first class tools and state-of-the-art precision machines guarantees instruments of the highest quality. With a sure feeling for sound and playing properties instruments can be made with fine response, perfect intonation and a great sound.
Verne Q. Powell
Our history is very much tied to our namesake, Verne Q. Powell. A jeweler by trade, Powell fashioned himself a flute in 1910 from whatever Silver he could get his hands on, including Silver Dollars, watch casings, and spoons. The instruments were immediately recognized as the very best a flutist could play and endorsements flowed in from flutists around the globe. Over the decades, innovation became a hallmark of the Powell company. 2017 marks the 90th Anniversary of this characteristically American flute making company. Started in 1927 by Verne Q. Powell himself, the past 90 years have been marked by innovation, modernization, and a dedication to artistry.
Rigoutat is a French company that makes oboes. Since their inception, in 1922, they’ve always collaborated with first class musicians in order to develop their instruments. They are one of the world’s top brands.
Created by French flute maker Michel Parmenon in 1979, Parmenon flutes is an outstanding French flute company. Since its creation, the Parmenon workshop has been dedicated to producing high-end flutes, the result of a close collaboration between musician and craftsman.
Melton Meinl Weston
Meinl-Weston Tubas have been the benchmark of German craftsmanship for decades. The Meinl-Langhammer family devoted their work to gain the best manufacturing experience, meticulous workmanship, continuous research and development as well as personal dedication to quality. Our instruments are the result of specific rich and projecting sound with the genuine Meinl-Weston core, a certain balance of openness and resistance to reach the incomparable ease of performance based on the efficiency of playing and control of sound and intonation.
The crossing of cultures that is the heart of jazz music is evident in the sounds created by Keilwerth saxophones. Although founded and pioneered by the musicians and in the music halls of Europe, the Keilwerth Saxophone emerged on the World market in the latter part of the 20th century due in no small part to the American Jazz Musicians. The strong influence of artists such as Dave Liebman, James Moody, Ernie Watts, among many others has made the world aware of the “Keilwerth Sound” and continues to reach musicians throughout the world.
Since 1884 Emil Knoth studied and worked in Schöneck/Vogtland with August Richard Penzel. In 1900 he founded the Rino workshop in Markneukirchen and the pursuit of excellence continued. We do it competently – with craft mastery, sensitivity and flexibility as well as modern manufacturing processes. Here, we share in all divisions the passion for music and the perfect sounds. Only then can we build brass instruments of the highest quality. With its excellent response, precise intonation and accomplished sound, should lay people as professional musicians give the possibility: always give the best.
The Hoyer family belongs to one of the oldest brass maker families of the Vogtland region. The ancestors of the master Hans Hoyer find its first mention of the early 19th century. Hans Hoyer is located in the music corner of Germany – the Vogtland – a region with over a 100-year tradition in the development and manufacture of musical instruments. By fulfilling the highest artistic demands, our instruments have found their way into the famous orchestras in the world.
Working with the best craftsmen, the latest technology and the most highly regarded musicians, Besson always strives to do better, just as you do when you practice. Our unique brass sound is the one that band players strive for, its personality resonating through band rooms and concert halls around the world, straight to the audience’s grateful ears. In recent years the quality of Besson brass instruments has continued to rise with rigorous testing and quality control. We do this to provide you with the best instruments, a quality that endures and retains its value, to help you on your journey as a musician.
The love of music and the deep understanding of musicians and the demands on their instrument are the foundation of our work. We speak the language of musicians, listen to them carefully and do everything to ensure that their wishes in the manufacturing of instruments is fully implemented. We are conscious of tradition – on the basis of a 250-year experience. And we do it competently – with craft mastery, sensitivity and flexibility as well as modern manufacturing processes. Hence, we share in all divisions the passion for music and the perfect sounds.
Founded in 1803, Antoine Courtois has set itself apart as a top-end manufacturer of brass instruments for over two centuries. The elegance of French instrument making came into its own in their Amboise workshops. The brand’s trumpets, flugelhorns, trombones and saxhorns are steeped in this culture, rich in expertise and traditional values. Antoine Courtois instruments appeal to soloists and musicians in major symphony orchestras and jazz ensembles worldwide.
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