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Soprano saxophone in B-Flat

Maker:
Adolphe (Antoine Joseph) Sax (Belgian, Dinant, Belgium 1814–1894 Paris)
Date:
1882
Geography:
Paris, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
unplated brass, wood
Dimensions:
Bell Diam. 7.1 x L. 62.4cm (2 13/16 x 24 9/16in.); Mouthpiece: 6.5 mm; Body L. 56.8 cm; Bore diam. 10.5 mm
Classification:
Aerophone-Reed Vibrated-single reed conical
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.2138
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 soprano saxophone is the highest voice in a saxophone quartet, which also includes alto, tenor and baritone instruments.
Marking: Marked:
1) (on cup, 3rd key from bottom, and between cups, bottom two front keys) MB. D.
2) (on bell) No. 41121/SAXOPHONE SOPRANO EN Si (flat)/invente par Ad. Sax/Ad. Sax & Cie Fteur Brevete/26 R. de Rocroy, & 39 R. de Dunkerque/a Paris/ Seul/Grand Prix/1807 (1867?)/PARIS
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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