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by Peter Hurd
(1 post)
10 years ago

CURVED C SOPRANO SAXOPHONE

I HAVE RECENTLY PURCHASED A CURVED C SOPRANO SAXOPHONE TO LOW B, WITH DOUBLE INDEPENDENT OCTAVE KEYS, CURVED AND ROUNDED KEYTOUCHES FOR LOW C AND Eb, "DISHED KEYTOUCHES", & "DIAMOND CAGE LEGS". IT HAS THE ORIGINAL WOOD MOUTHPIECE AND ORIGINAL LIGATURE. NO Bis KEY, NO C SIDE KEY. IT HAS NO MAKER'S NAME. IT IS NOT A TOY! IT IS EXCEEDING WELL CRAFTED IN EVERY RESPECT, NOTHING CRUDE ABOUT ITS CONSTRUCTION WHATSOEVER. IT IS "LOW PITCH", PLAYS IN TUNE WITH A=440 SCALE THROUGHOUT. IT HAS A LOVELY, RICH, AND RESONANT TONE FOR SUCH A TINY HORN. I SUSPECT IT WAS MADE PERHAPS CIRCA 1915-1920 AS A PROTOTYPE, AND/OR CUSTOM ORDER, AND/OR PRESENTATION INSTRUMENT. I HAVE NEVER KNOWN OF ANY OTHER EXAMPLES OF A CURVED C SOPRANO, EITHER HIGH PITCH OR LOW PITCH. ANYONE KNOW OF ANY OTHERS? I CAN SEND PHOTOS ON REQUEST... CHEERS, PETER

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  1. by connsaxman_jim
    (2336 posts)

    10 years ago

    Re: CURVED C SOPRANO SAXOPHONE

    sounds like a very interesting horn Peter. I'd like to see some pictures. Are there any patents or numbers on it whatsoever? I know Conn experimented with a few "C" pitched instruments even prior to 1920. It seems like Conn would have at least engraved their name and a patent number or serial number even on a prototype. Any other distinguishing features?

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