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Adolphe Sax

First generation Sax alto
Adolphe Sax
N/A
Alto
1856
France
Eb
B-F
Brass
20
59.2
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The oldest saxophone in my collection (1856). First generation alto, note the significant big bell that Adolphe Sax used in this first generation.

I found this instrument in 2023, while in England for concerts with the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet.

The first number punched in the inside of the bell indicates that this saxophone was purchased by the military in 1857.

Also note the original mouthpiece case that Adolphe Sax offered, in the last picture indeed holding an original Sax alto mouthpiece from my collection.

 

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