Buffet Crampon Acquires French Flute Maker Parmenon

Buffet Crampon has acquired Parmenon, the last remaining flute maker in France. The acquisition follows Buffet Crampon’s acquisition of Powell Flutes in 2016.

A company created in Orléans in the 1970s by Michel Parmenon, the Parmenon brand has established itself in the flute making landscape by becoming a major player in the sector, thanks to reputation of its craftsmanship and the know-how of its luthiers. The last flute maker in France, the company has earned the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Company) label, which the French government grants in recognition of companies’ excellence of traditional and industrial know-how.

“In a time of customization, personalization, and specialty requests related to ergonomics and acoustics, Buffet Crampon wants to meet this growing demand by surrounding itself with the techniques, methods, and craftsmanship of the expert Parmenon luthiers,” the company says.

Parmenon will become the Buffet Crampon Group Technical Center for both Powell and Parmenon Flutes in Europe. Parmenon will keep its workshops and showroom in Orléans. Its expert luthiers, who are also teachers at ITEMM, will “ensure a legacy of savoir-faire” by continuing to educate and train the next generation of specialized technicians.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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