Eb Alto Saxophone


Made by Adolphe Sax, this alto saxophone (serial number15511) belongs to the Selmer Paris collection. Its bell bears the following engraved mentions : "Saxophone alto en mib breveté Adolphe Sax à Paris, Fournisseur de la maison militaire de l'Empereur” ("Patented by A. Sax, Official supplier of the Emperor's Military House").     

Alto Mib Adolphe Sax


Trombone with three valves


Trombonne à trois pistons - Adolphe Sax


Trumpet with four valves


Trompette à 4 pistons - Adolphe Sax


Trombone with six valves


The six valve trombone was specially designed by A. Sax for Ambroise Thomas who had a very difficult solo part to play in the first act of the "Hamlet" opera.

Trombonne à six pistons - Adolphe Sax


Trumpet with 13 bells


Developped by Adolphe Sax son, the thirteen bell & eight valve trumpet is, in theory, a perfectly tuned instrument as each semi-tone owns his own acoustic circuit. This model was built around 1900.

Trompette à 13 pavillons

 

Little tuba


Petit tuba à pavillon orientable


Saxhorn contrebasse en Mib


Adolphe Sax introduced this model at the "Exposition Universelle" held in the London Crystal Palace in 1851.

Saxhorn Adoplhe Sax

 

In Dinant (Belgium), the inventor's birthplace, La Maison de Monsieur Sax invites the public to discover his life and work through texts, objects and historical instruments, musical excerpts... You can find there some instruments recovered during the buyout of the workshops in rue Myrha by the SELMER company.

 

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