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The Andreas van Zoelen collection 

Association Générale

Lefthanded instrument! Perhaps one of the most special saxophones in my collection.
Association Générale
N/A
Alto
1890
France
Eb
B-F
Brass
21
59.9
Notes on this instrument

This is a very special saxophone indeed! It is written with the left hand down, right hand up. Most likely, it was a “special order”; you can see from the placement of some of the keys that this was not a common way of doing things. What’s more, is that a stamp that was found when restoring the instrument (done by Nico Bodewes) indicates that it was built in the factory of Adolphe Sax! I found it on a flea-market in France in the summer.

In my doctoral thesis I wrote about the topic of these stamps. I plan to translate parts of my doctoral thesis to English, so that the information becomes available for a larger audience. The original quad-lingual version of my doctoral thesis can be found HERE.

Detailed photographs of the instrument, made by Nico Bodewes

 

 

Andreas van Zoelen with a left-handed saxophone.  Andreas van Zoelen with a left-handed saxophone.

Andreas van Zoelen with a left-handed saxophone.
Admiring the instrument after the restauration for the first time in Nico’s shop in Amsterdam, 2018

 

Uwe Ladwig, for German Magazine ‘Sonic’ wrote an article about this special instrument in 2018

Nico Bodewes with the instrument in his workshop in Amsterdam.
Nico Bodewes with the instrument in his workshop in Amsterdam, in 2013

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