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NMM 5766. Soprano saxophone in B-flat by Adolphe Sax, Paris, 1868

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NMM 5767.  Soprano saxophone in B-flat by Adolphe Sax, Paris, 1868 Side view of Sax soprano saxophone Side view of Sax soprano saxophone Back view of Sax soprano saxophone

NMM 5766. Soprano saxophone in B-flat by Adolphe Sax, Paris, 1868. Serial number 31699. Engraved vertically, on right side of bell: (script) No 31699 / Saxophone Soprano en Si b / Adolphe Sax Fteur Breveté / de la Mson Milre de l[’]Empereur / 50, rue St Georges à Paris / [AS monogram]; stamped vertically, below AS monogram: HB. Straight, one-piece brass body. Later clear lacquer. Fingered range: low B-natural to high E-flat. Dual octave keys. No touchpieces or rollers on E-flat, low C, G-sharp, low C-sharp, or low B keys. Length: 579 mm. Bell diameter: 68 mm. Ex colls.:  Hewitt A. Waggener, Los Angeles (purchased in 1923); Cecil Leeson, Muncie, Indiana. Transfer from Ball State University, 1994.




Maker's Signature and Monogram


Maker's name engraved on side of bell Maker's monogram




Views of Keys


Octave key
Left-hand key work
Right-hand key work
G-sharp key

Octave keys

Left-hand keys

Right-hand keys

G-sharp key




Literature:  "Four Original Adolph Sax Instruments Given to BSU," The Muncie Star (March 17, 1974).

Malou Haine and Ignace de Keyser, Catalogue des Instruments Sax au Musée Instrumental de Bruxelles (Brussels: Musée Instrumental, 1980), p. 243.

Mark Hulsebos, "Cecil Leeson Legacy is Preserved in Collections and Displays," The Saxophone Symposium 7, No. 4 (Fall 1982), pp. 18-19.

Mark Hulsebos, "Cecil Leeson Legacy is Preserved in Collections and Displays," Indiana Musicator 38, No. 4 (May 1983), pp. 11-12.

Phillip T. Young, 4900 Historical Woodwind Instruments (London: Tony Bingham, 1993), p. 202.

Robert S. Howe, "The Invention and Early Development of the Saxophone, 1840-1855," Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society 29 (2003), p. 176.

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

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