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NMM 4038. Alto saxophone in E-flat by Adolphe Sax, Paris, 1857

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NMM 4038.  Alto saxophone in E-flat by Adolphe Sax, Paris, 1857

NMM 4038. Alto saxophone in E-flat by Adolphe Sax, Paris, France, 1857. Serial number 16149. Engraved, vertically, on right side of bell: (script) No 16149 / Saxophone alto en mi b breveté / Adolphe Sax à Paris / Fteur de la Mson Milre de l’Empereur / [AS monogram]; stamped on the underside of the bell flare: 1857. Brass. Fingered range: low B-natural to high F. Dual octave keys. No touchpieces or rollers on E-flat, low C, G-sharp, low C-sharp, or low B keys. Length: 600 mm. Bell diameter 140 mm. Arne B. and Jeanne F. Larson Endowment Fund, 1986.




Maker's Signature and Monogram


Maker's name engraved on side of bell




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Upper Keywork
Lower key work

Neck

Left-hand keywork

Right-hand keywork




Literature:  André P. Larson, The National Music Museum: A Pictorial Souvenir(Vermillion: National Music Museum, 1988), p. 40.

Richard Ingham, ed., The Cambridge Companion to the Saxophone (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998), p. 17.

Robert S. Howe, "The Invention and Early Development of the Saxophone, 1840-1855," Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society 29 (2003), p. 172.

Go to Checklist of Saxophones Made by Adolphe (Antoine-Joseph) and Adolphe Edouard Sax

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