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Tenor saxophone in B-flat

Gautrot-Couesnon (French)
after 1883
Paris, France
Brass, nickel-silver
Length: 78 cm (30 11/16 in.) Length of tube, approx. 114 cm (44 7/8 in.) Diameter of bell: 12.5 cm (4 15/16 in.)
Aerophone-Reed Vibrated-single reed conical
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
Not on view
Saxophones were conceived as a family of instruments, as seen in Adolphe Sax’s 1846 patent. The saxophone family typically ranges from sopranino to contrabass.
The alto and tenor are the most widely played members of the saxophone family.
Marking: 1. (on bell) GAUTROT/PARIS/D.J.(I?)D.B./U.S.Q.M.D.
2. (on mouthpiece) "STEEL EBONITE"/Peate's Music House, Inc./Utica, N.Y.
3. (on clamp) T
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Europe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1904, vol. I, pg. 140, ill.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments of All Nations: I. Europe, Galleries 25 and 26, Central Cases of Galleries 27 and 28. Catalogue., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, vol. 13, pg. 140, 140+, ill.

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