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Serial Numbers

Serial Numbers

We’ve hunted down the serial numbers for virtually every make of instrument.


Some preliminary comments
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Our numbers have been provided by the factories themselves, but there’s always an overlap period, because the production period covers several months. So these numbers should not be taken too literally.
There are various points during the production process when a number can be given to a bassoon.
One factory might number the instruments at the start of production, after which the parts will be kept together at all times, but the delivery dates can then start to diverge. Making a bassoon involves a few hundred manufacturing stages, any of which might delay the manufacturing process. This means that a bassoon with a serial number from late 2005 might easily be completed or delivered in early 2006.
The delivery dates are much more accurate for firms that add the numbers to their instruments at the end of the production process.

Amati
Oscar Adler & Co en Sonora
Benson Bell
Buffet Crampon
Wilhelm Heckel
Gustav Mollenhauer
Moosmann
Gebr. Mönnig
W. Schreiber

coming:
Fox
J. Püchner

R.Walter
Wolf
Yamaha

Amati
Serial numbers were never kept when Graslitz was part of Czechoslovakia. The only function of the numbers was during the production. Apart from that, little or no value was or is attached to them under the Eastern Block system.

Oscar Adler & Co and Sonora
Bassoons have been made with one of these 2 names since the 1920s, so that the different businesses could retain their exclusivity.
That apart, the instruments are the same, as are the serial numbers.

Serial numbers as at the start of the calendar year.
2005 15750
2006 16050
2007 16350
2008 16650
2009 16970
2010 17350
2011 17650
2012 18050

Benson Bell
Currently, Ben and four employees produce an anticipated 15 to 20 bassoons per year.
Current orders result in a 12 to 16 month waiting period.
Serial #102 is the next to be completed with #128 the next available. (December 2012)

Buffet Crampon
Year of manufacture and serial number
1950 3919-3924
1951 3925-3991
1952 3992-3998
1953 3999-4021
1954 4022-4079
1955 4080-4098
1956 4099-4134
1957 4135-4166
1958 4167-4214
1959 4215-4275
1960 4276-4322
1961 4323-4373
1962 4374-4419
1963 4420-4488
1964 4489-4538
1965
1966 4539-4601
1967 4602-4654
1968 4655-4727
1969 4728-4756
1970 4757-4832
1971 4833-4912
1972 4913-4972
1973 4973-5051
1974 5052-5149
1975 5150-5242
1976 5243-5291
1977 5292-5336
1978 5337-5440
1979 5441-5499
1980 5500-5575
1981 5576-5701
1982 5702-5768
1983 5769-5803
1984 5804-5880
1985 5881-5984
1986 5985-6021
1987 6022-6056
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000 6361-6398
2001 6399-6432
2002 6433-6463
2003 6464-6489
2004 6490-6508
2005 6509-6525
2006 6526-6540
2007 6541-6561
2008 6562-6582
2009 6583-6602
2010 6603-6615
2011 6616-6630
2012 6631-

BASSONS EVETTE
Year of manufacture and serial number
1976 100-109
1977 110-137
1978 138-181
1979 182-211
1980 212-264
1981 265-296
1982 297-348
1983 349-379
1984 380-419
1985 420-458
1986 459-478
1987 479-495

Wilhelm Heckel
The serial numbers for the older years are drawn from www.Heckelserialnumbers.com and have been supplemented with the most recent information from Edith Reiter of the Heckel firm itself.
The numbers mentioned were produced in the year shown. Deliveries do not always coincide with these.
In principle, each year started off with a new hundred series.

What’s really interesting is that a new book is about to be published about the entire commercial history of the Heckel firm, and it will include all serial numbers of the bassoons they have made.
Edith Reiter has been researching the subject for some years through the old records and the book will be finished shortly.

Serial number: year of manufacture
3000 1877
3100 1882
3200 1884
3300 1886
3400 1888
3500 1890
3600 1891
3700 1893
3800 1895
3900 1896
4000 1898
4100 1891
4200 1901
4300 1902
4400 1903
4500 1905
4600 1906
4700 1908
4800 1909
4900 1910
5000 1911
5100 1912
5200 1913
5300 1915
5400 1915
5500 1919
5600 1920
5700 1921
5800 1922
5900 1923
6000 1924
6100 1925
6200 1925
6300 1926
6400 1926
6500 1927
6600 1927
6700 1928
6800 1929
6900 1929
7000 1929
7100 1930
7200 1931
7300 1932
7400 1932
7500 1933
7600 1935
7700 1935
7800 1936
7900 1936
8000 1936
8100 1937
8200 1938
8300 1939
8400 1939
8500 1940
8600 1942
8700 1943
8800 1943
8900 1943
9000 1944
9100 1945
9200 1947
9300 1950
9400 1951
9500 1951
9600 1952
9700 1954
9800 1954
9900 1955
10000 1956
10100 1957
10200 1958
10300 1958
10400 1960
10500 1961
10600 1961
10700 1963
10800 1964
10900 1965
11000 1965
11100 1969
11200 1969
11300 1970
11400 1970
11500 1971
11600 1971
11700 1972
11800 1972
11900 1973
12000 1975
12100 1976
12200 1978
12300 1979
12400 1980
12500 1980
12600 1982
12800 1984
12900 1986
13000 1986
13100 1986
13200 1986
13300 1986
13400 1986
13500 1986
13600 1986
13700 1993
13800 1996
13900 1996
14000 1996
14100 1997
14200 1998
14300 1998
14400 1998
14700 2000
14900 2001
14080 2002
15015 2003
14900 2003
15149 2004
15200 2005
15300 2006
15400 2007
15500 2008
15600 2009
15700 2010
15800 2011
15900 2012
16000 2013

Gustav Mollenhauer
Bassoon
2732 ( January 2006 )
2957 ( June 2012 )

Contra-bassoon
1044 ( January 2006 )
1127 ( June 2012)

Moosmann
2006 5604-5955
2007 5956-6291
2008 6292-6603
2009 6604-6855
2010 6856-7106
2011 7107-7355
2012 7535-7681
2013 7682-

W. Schreiber
A Schreiber bassoon takes many months to produce as the wood is allowed to settle after each operation. For technical reasons, the instruments don’t get finished in the strict order of their serial numbers. For example, instruments stamped anything between 40901 to 41000 may have left production either at the end of 2010 or the beginning of 2011.
Furthermore, the date indicated above may occasionally be off by one year.

Numbers: Year of manufacture 2006-2012
37860 – 38046 2007/08
38185 – 38666 2006
38667 – 38700 2005/06
38701 – 38754 2007
38755 – 38799 2006/07
38800 – 39206 2007
39207 – 39349 2007/08
39350 – 39795 2008
39796 – 39892 2008/09
39893 – 40346 2009
40347 – 40400 2009/10
40401 – 40758 2010
40759 – 40779 2010/11
40780 – 40900 2010
40901 – 41000 2010/11
41001 – 41300 2011
41301 – 41350 2011/12
41351 – 41700 2011
41701 – 41750 2011/12
41751 – 41809 2012
41810 – 41863 2011/12
41864 – 2012

Gebrüder Mönnig
2005 17690
2006 17770
2007 17850
2008 17950
2009 18050
2010 and later – Just ask me

Fox (Coming)
J. Püchner (Coming)
R. Walter (Coming)
Wolf (Coming)
Yamaha

    Comment Section

    31 thoughts on “Serial Numbers


    By Susan on 5 January 2017

    I have a Schreiber and Sohne professional model basson with the number 18467. Can you tell me what year it was made? Probably early 1970’s.


    By Maarten on 9 March 2017

    Hi
    Sorry for the delay.
    The bassoon is build in 1975.
    Kind regards,
    Maarten


    By Matt on 10 March 2017

    I have a Schreiber with the number 1873. Can you help me figure out when it was made?


    By Gabor on 9 April 2017

    Hi,
    Gebrüder Mönnig 13078
    Can You help me figure out when it was made?


    By Maarten on 14 April 2017

    ± 1975-1976
    In that period the serail numbers were only for internal use and not kept save. This is about these numbers were used.
    Kind regard,
    Maarten


    By Amy on 24 April 2017

    Hi. I have a Schreiber and Sohne bassoon with the serial number 20869. Would you be able to help me find out what year it is from? Also is there a way to determine model that you know of? Any help would be appreciated!


    By Júlio Lourenço on 13 November 2017

    Hi. I have a Schreiber and Sohne bassoon with the serial number 13621. Would you be able to help me find out what year it is from? Also, there is a way to determine which model you know of? Any help would be appreciated!


    By Benjamin on 4 May 2017

    Hello I have a monnig that the serial number is 9854. can you It needs some repair but I would like to know what year it is. and if it’s worth anything


    By John Dodge on 31 May 2017

    Hi! I got a bassoon of Schreiber with the S/N 28527. Could you please tell me the built year?
    Thanks!


    By Maarten on 19 June 2017

    Sorry I just see this message,
    the bassoon is made in 1991
    Kind regards,
    Maarten


    By Chris Simmons on 10 June 2017

    I have an unmarked bassoon with the serial number 2861. No distinguishing marks on it anywhere. The serial number is only found on the U-joint and nothing on the bell. Any help with make/model/year would be great! Thank you in advance if anyone is able to help


    By Maarten on 19 June 2017

    Hi, Send me some detailed pics, maybe I can help you with this,
    Kind regards, Maarten


    By Theo Mize on 20 June 2017

    I have a Schreiber with the serial number 8180, do you have an estimate when it was made? Thank you.


    By Yevhen on 20 June 2017

    Good day,
    Gebrüder Mönnig 13511
    Please, can You help me figure out when it was made? Why name Mönnig not Moennig?
    Thank you!


    By Carlos cosio on 31 October 2017

    Buenos dias i have monning 15366 when it was made?


    By Jeff Furbay on 23 June 2017

    I am a band director in Ohio and my school has a Schrieber Bassoon Serial Number 16425. I was wondering if you could give me an approximate year that the bassoon was made. Thank you!


    By Aron M on 25 June 2017

    Hi! I have a Püchner Superior which serial number is: 13838. Could you please tell when was it made?


    By Francois on 11 July 2017

    Dear Martin: Could you kindly help me with information on the following Bassoon: It is a W Schreiber & Sons with serial nr 19115. How do I determine what model it is etc?


    By LUCAS on 15 July 2017

    My bassoon: Yamaha Custom YFG811, serial number 2109 ?


    By Cody R on 25 July 2017

    Hi, my Bassoon is stamped Conn 7868. Can you help me with the year, and if possible a value?


    By Lorri T. Monteen on 28 July 2017

    I have a J. Pauchner without a whisper key. The serial number is 176. It has wonderful tone. Any idea as to the age and value?


    By Roy on 30 July 2017

    have an amati bassoon – S/N 0176 – any idea when produced. Many thanks for your assistance


    By CRISTIAN MARCELO DELPIN PEREIRA NETO on 2 August 2017

    Hi, I would like to know the year of manufacture of Bassoon W. Schereiber, serial number 34305.
    Thank you.


    By Bill Brovold on 19 August 2017

    I am looking for the date of a Polisi Standard bassoon, # 813. Thank you.


    By Lindsey on 20 August 2017

    I bought a bassoon and a yard sale and the serial number is 1145 and I did not see it on your chart and I would like to know what year it was made in


    By suzanne on 22 August 2017

    I have an old Gebr. Monnig that I think is a model 208, serial number 10652, looking for any information on it, when it was made, model, etc.??


    By Daniel on 4 October 2017

    Hi I have a Moolenhauer S/N 1600, do you know which year was it made?


    By Carles Joares Tarín on 3 November 2017

    Hello, I have a Schreiber bassoon serial number 31168, and I would like to know the year of manufacture, as well as the model. Greetings and thanks.


    By David Carattini on 4 November 2017

    I have a basson stamped conn serial number 10148 can some one tell me when it was made. Best regards


    By Josep Tatay on 11 November 2017

    Hello, I have a Schreiber bassoon bought by second hand. I would like to know t’he year of manufacture. The serial number is 27055. Thank you


    By Anna Scholar on 22 November 2017

    I have a bassoon, I am pretty sure it is a Schreiber, the branding on the bell is Conn though. The serial number is 11417 and it says it was made in Germany. Thanks.

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