Historical instruments

A. SAX AltoA.SAX_alto.html
Evette Alto1915_Evette.html
Gold plated BuescherGolden_Buescher_alto.html
Conn C-melodyConn_C-melody.html
Conn curved SopranoConn_curved_sop.html
Silver BuescherSilver_pl_Buescher.html
Buescher C-melody Buescher_C-mel.html
Gold Plated HoltonGold_plated_Holton.html

Over time, I managed to gather a little collection of historical instruments, in order to try to understand the link existing between the different works in the saxophone repertoire, the musicians who commissionned them and the kind of instrument they played at that moment.

Many saxophonists had already  made statements and comments on that point, but they often based their analysis on short personal experiences, which doesn’t allow us to figure out a real «scientific» analysis.

In time, I hope to be able to propose serious and documented theories. For now, I’m pleased to «feel» the differences between these different historical saxes.

Specific pages:

Adolphe Sax silver Alto


Evette & Schaeffer Alto


Buescher gold plated Alto


Conn siver plated C-melody


Conn curved Soprano


Buescher silver C-melody


Buescher silver Alto


Holton gold-plated Alto



Four alto saxophones representing important periods of the saxophone repertory :

- Adolphe SAX silvered, 1868 descending to B.

  1. -Evette et Schaeffer (ex-Buffet) bare brass, 1915.

  2. -Buescher gold-plated,1928.

  3. -Selmer Series II lacquered, 1994.

Four saxophones curved like altos, but all tuned in different  keys :

- Conn Silver Soprano in Bb.

  1. -Conn lacquered Mezzo-soprano in F.

  2. -Gold-plated Buescher Alto in Eb.

  3. -Conn Silver C-melody tenor in C.