Evette Schaeffer Tenor Saxophone

by Tim
(Sharpsburg, GA usa)

Evette Schaeffer Tenor Saxophone

Evette Schaeffer Tenor Saxophone

I have an Evette Schaeffer Tenor sax that I can find nothing about. The only engraving on it is the name Evette Schaeffer. Evette is above Schaeffer. The serial number is 20291. I am not sure of the age of it since the only serial numbers are from either 1911 or 1927. Any help will be greatly appreciaed.
Pic included of bell.
Tim

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Aug 08, 2010
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I have a similair item (321 higher)
by: Anonymous

Have you already found some usefull information?

Kind regards,

Don

Aug 26, 2010
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i may be able to help
by: allemarique

hello,

i have had the same sax since 1986. My serial number is 20095 which places it around 1973 (don't ask where i found that info, it was somewhere on the web).

This is what i found out so far:

They were made from the late sixties into the mid seventies. The brand name 'Evette Schaeffer' was first introduced in the late 1800s by buffet and used into the 1910s or maybe 1920s. In the late sixties, Buffet apparently revived the name for some student instruments produced for the American market and mostly distributed through Carl Fischer in New York. Typical for student instruments from that period are the gold body and the silver keys.

The bodies were made by Malerne, also a French sax producer. The engraving on your Evette Schaeffer is original Malerne. If you compare pictures of a Malerne from that period with those of Buffet's 'Super Dynaction' (which was produced by Buffet themselves as a more professional instrument), you will notice that the body, engrving and octave key are from Malerne and the rest of the keywork from Buffet.

The little plaque on the bell support (not visible in your picture) with the flower seems to be the only original element on these instruments - the Malerne has a simple curved rod, the Dynaction a plaque with a different design.

I read somewhere that the brand name 'Evette Schaeffer' now is used by Keilwerth or that they produce them for Buffet as student / beginners' instruments.

Sep 22, 2010
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Evette-Schaeffer Tenor
by: Anonymous

I have one of these also! The serial# is 20725.
(I think the date is 1912) Please email me if you would like to trade something for it! Thanks.
callrandall@yahoo.com

Dec 22, 2010
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Maybe...
by: kevgermany

There's very little information on these saxes - and the posts I've seen seem to be speculation. I've one with identical engraving, and the flower emblem, engraved A Santoni, Pare. S/N 44xxx This was a small instrument maker in Italy who made a few saxes earlier. And he clearly didn't make mine.

I've also seen an identical one engraved Couesnon! (You may be able to find it on saxontheweb.

Who made them is a moot point - certainly some features seem to be lifted fromt eh Buffet SDA. And some look Malerne, but others don't seem to be.

Although these are dismissed as student saxes, they're solidly made, play well and seem to be good at the bottom end.

Have fun!

Dec 28, 2010
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I Am Wondering The Same Thing...
by: Brian

My this is a big horn; and heavy! I am wondering the same thing, mine has 21212 as the serial number and comparing it to the buffet serial number list it looks as if it were made in 1973. I am wondering what model it is?

This horn has a much bigger sound than my Selmer Series I tenor that was stolen in January. I have heard that these horns were made by Keilwerth for Buffet Crampon and if that is true it certainly shows in the keywork design and the size of the bow and bell.

Mine also came with a metal, tenon looking deal; I have no idea what its used for. The only problem I have with this horn is the placement of the neckstrap hook; its as if it were designed for seated playing!

Aug 16, 2012
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I HAVE ONE ALSO
by: AMANDA

I ALSO HAVE A SAXAPHONE THAT HAS THE SAME NAME BUT MY # IS 10929---HOW DO YOU FIGURE OUT THE YEAR IT WAS MADE--ALSO MY IS INGRAVED WITH THE WORD (LEADER) NOT SURE WHAT SIGNIFICANCE THIS IS? ANY HELP WOULD BE GREAT THANKX

Sep 03, 2012
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Pre-1965
by: John

I also have a tenor sax that looks exactly like the one pictured. Serial number is 23333 and I bought it from a classmate in 1965.

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