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hi can anyone help me date my and ID my Evette & Schaeffer Paris Saxophone , i was given to me in part exchange on an guitar .


It is in excellent condition ( relacquered?) , with only one small ding on the base.

I know very little about saxophones so any information would be much apreciated , he serial looks like 188XX ?


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v227/shahpur/ev10.jpg
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Thanks in advance
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I have a Soprano Sax very similar to this Alto. My horn was made in about 1925 and the serial number is in the 29000 range. The number that you are calling the serial number (18XXX) is NOT the serial number...it was the address of the Evette & Schaeffer company in Paris:

18 & 20 Passage Du Grand Cerf

There should be a serial number somewhere near the engravings shown in your first photo.
 

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hi thanks for the quick response , i have searched all over the saxophone but cannot find an serial number .
 

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Actually, now that I look at the first photo again, the serial number is right below the word 'Paris' and I 'think' it is 26288.

The engraving on the front of the bell was added later and it is overlapping the serial number. Also, since the horn was buffed prior to re-lacquer, the serial number is not well defined anymore, but I can still see it mixed in with the lines of the added bell engraving.

So in terms of age...early 1920's is probably a reaonably close estimate.
 

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Good eye sight , i would never have spotted it . Has the saxophone got any value as i said i took it in part exchange on an guitar as i wanted to learn to play but am struggling at the moment.
 

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These kind of horns are more collector's items than anything else and when they do come up for sale, they don't seem to sell very high. I paid $ 100 for my Soprano Sax a number of years ago although I 'think' I could pretty easily get $ 500 for it if I were to try to sell it. I'm sorry but I don't wan't speculate on the value of your Alto. Maybe someone who is more knowledgeable about the current market for these will chime in ?
 
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