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Couesnon & Cie.

Couesnon is a historic French musical instrument manufacturer. Officially named “Les Frères Couesnon,” was founded in Paris in 1883 by the Couesnon brothers. While Couesnon is more famous for its brass instruments, they also produced saxophones, including soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone models.
Couesnon & Cie.
N/A
Alto
1920
France
Eb
B-F
Brass
20
63.3
Notes on this instrument

The New Langwill Index reads:

“…by 1911 the firm was making every kind of musical instrument, employing a workforce of 1000 at eight factories, the then largest single musical instrument manufacturer in the world… 1925 claimed to have made over two million musical instruments at their six factories; however by their 1927, when the firm celebrated its centenary, the workforce had dwindled to 200… Among their ‘predecesseurs et maisons réunies’ were the wind instrument-making firms of Association Générale des Ouvriers, Feuillet, Gautrot aîné, Guichard, Lecomte, I. Lot, Massin &  Thibouville, Triébert, Tulou and others.

In that sense, Couesnon can be seen as the link between 19th century instruments, and the 20th century.

Before joining Selmer, Couesnon was the brand Marcel Mule played.

Photograph of Couesnon catalogue

 

Photograph of Couesnon catalogue

 

Photograph of Couesnon catalogue

 

Photograph of Couesnon catalogue

 

Photograph of Couesnon catalogue
Couesnon catalogue, shortly after 1900

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