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Walfog

Adolphe Sax used an instrument like this for his experiments in preparation of his new invention: The Saxophone!
Walfog
N/A
Ophicleïde
1850
France
N/A
N/A
Brass
10
101
Notes on this instrument

Sax placed a bass clarinet mouthpiece on an ophicleïde like this (Normally these instruments were played with a trombone like mouthpiece). This generates a much lower tone. In the first French patent from 1846, you can clearly see the lineage.

 

Sketches of the instrument

 

I once received a phone call from an orchestra in Germany. They had heard I own an ophicleïde, and were wondering if I could play it in a production of Mendelssohn’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” at their theater. I informed them that my ophicleïde is very much not in playing condition, and that I’ll certainly keep it that way; I am sure my head would short-circuit if I’d have to learn it: all the keys but one are closed in resting position!

 

Andreas holding the instrument in an orchestra
Tholen, Netherlands, 2014

 

A little girl holding the instrument
Eleanor, our Goddaughter, with the instrument in 2015

 

Old photo of a mom holding a baby and the father playing the instrument.
the text reads: “young girls, think carefully what (who) fits you”

 

A man playing the instrument

 

. A man playing the instrument and reading music

 

A man playing the instrument and reading music

 

Andreas explaining and holding the insturment
Summerwinds 2014, Germany

 

Couesnon catalogue, shortly after 1900
Couesnon catalogue, shortly after 1900

 

Couesnon catalogue, shortly after 1900

Interestingly virtually no information can be found about the maker; Walfog. Let us know if you know more!

*the construction year of this instrument is an estimate

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