Since 1884 Emil Knoth studied and worked in Schöneck/Vogtland with August Richard Penzel. In 1900 he founded the Rino workshop in Markneukirchen. Emil’s son Kurt Knoth then took over and moved the workshop to Mosenstraße 13 where his nephew Johannes Scherzer took over.
The pursuit of excellence continued, when in 1984 the master workshop of Johannes Scherzer was integrated into the state-owned enterprise B&S (Blechblas- und Signalinstrumenten- fabrik). Today it has its home in the B&S Group producing Trumpets in tradition and perfection.
For the perfect sound, we give everything
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. 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 Buffet Crampon Deutschland GmbH is located in the music corner of Germany – the Vogtland. Like no other region can look it over to a 100-year tradition in the development and manufacture of musical instruments. It shapes up to now the work of the entire company.
Gerhard A. Meinl (Oral History Video clip), whose family have been in the music industry for 7 generations, brought in 1991, the parental company, the Wenzel Meinl GmbH (WMM) in Geretsried, as the manufacturer of the Melton-Brass in to the TA Triumph-Adler AG. There he began the IMM Music Group and later the TA Music Group to build and manage. Soon he acquired the former VEB brass and signal instrument factory and transformed them under the umbrella of the strong parent company in the successful musical Vogtland Factory (VMI).
In 1994, under the umbrella group JA Musik in Markneukirchen, Europe’s most modern plant for Brassinstruments went in to operation – a center of excellence in the art of instruments building and home of the quality brands B & S, VMI, Scherzer and Meister Hans Hoyer. Over the century improved methods are combined with advanced manufacturing and production technologies. Using a finely-designed training program, the knowledge, experience and skills of previous generations are passed forward to a new generation of craftsman to insure quality production.
Today the company trades as Buffet Crampon Deutschland GmbH and is a world leader in multi-instrument groups. Especially in the two home markets of Germany and France, we are the leader for step-up and professional brass instruments. By fulfilling the highest artistic demands, our instruments have found their way into the famous orchestras in the world. Thanks also to very strong and personal relationships with a variety of artists and musicians, we incorporate their professional knowledge and advice in our production process. So we reach an optimum response and intonation, coupled together with a complete full sound.