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Adolphe Sax

First generation Adolphe Sax tenor.
Adolphe Sax
N/A
Tenor
1861
France
Bb
B-F
Brass
20
79.5
Notes on this instrument

The tenor was the last member of the saxophone family built by Adolphe Sax to see the light. For identification, here you can find a very reliable list of Adolphe Sax serial numbers; https://www.euchmi.ed.ac.uk/am/gdsl.html

I played this Sax instrument on my CD “For Now and Forever”, with an original wooden Sax mouthpiece, accompanied by Martien Maas on a 1843 Erard grand piano. It was important to pair this saxophone with a contemporary piano, because of the tuning (A=435 Hz), the sound and the dynamic spectrum. Listen below to two works.

In my doctoral thesis I investigated the 19th century saxophone sound.

This instrument was restored by Nico Bodewes, Amsterdam. The images below give a detailed view of the restoration process, as documented by Nico.

During a so called ‘Blended Intensive Programme’ at the Fontys Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Tilburg in 2023, students were able to play on Adolphe Sax saxophones from my collection.

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