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Who were the top manufacturers of vintage clarinets?

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The top manufacturers of vintage clarinets were Buffet Crampon, Evette & Schaeffer, Boosey & Hawkes, Henri Selmer Paris and Leblanc and Noblet. Their famous clarinets include the R13, Evette, Mark VI, Recital, Buescher Aristocrat and the first all-metal clarinet, the C.G.Conn Wonder.

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Buffet Crampon was a beloved professional clarinet brand followed next by the Evette & Schaeffer brand. Both were later absorbed into British instrument manufacturer Boosey & Hawkes. Clarinets from the Selmer company, which later merged with United Musical Instruments to form Conn-Selmer, were also famous. Leblanc and Noblet, the oldest instrument manufacturers in France, made clarinets and later became a part of the Conn-Selmer brand.

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