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Adolphe Sax

First generation Adolphe Sax tenor saxophone
Adolphe Sax
N/A
Tenor
1861
France
Bb
B-F
Brass
20
80
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I bought this instrument at an auction. The auction house had set up an online stream, where, with a thumbnail size video and mediocre audion quality, you could follow the auctioneer. To make things more challenging, I was on the road when this saxophone came up. I parked my car on a parking space along the German freeway, put my headphones on and prayed that I got the numbers in French right. It all worked out quite nicely, and I enjoy playing this Sax tenor very much, after it was restored by Nico Bodewes in Amsterdam.

This is the tenor that I X-rayed in light of my doctoral research:

yes, there are my hands!

A group of four students playing on Adolphe Sax instruments in a lecture hall. They are sitting in quartet formation and playing as an SATB quartet.

A group of four students playing on Adolphe Sax instruments in a lecture hall. They are sitting in quartet formation and playing as an SATB quartet.
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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