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First of all, I am not sure if this is the most appropriate section on the forum for this topic.

I wonder how many Selmer SBAs Paul often played? Where are his SBAs after he passed away? Who are the owners now?
 

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Legend has it Paul only used one horn his entire career. A 1951 Selmer SBA alto.

The owner of Paul's horn is Michael Brubeck, Dave Brubeck's son. Michael was young when Paul died, and they were very close. Desmond willed his equipment to Michael.

I believe Michael lives in New Hampshire somewhere. Before I die, I'm going to arrange a visit there to see Paul's horn.

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Legend has it Paul only used one horn his entire career. A 1951 Selmer SBA alto.

The owner of Paul's horn is Michael Brubeck, Dave Brubeck's son. Michael was young when Paul died, and they were very close. Desmond willed his equipment to Michael.

I believe Michael lives in New Hampshire somewhere. Before I die, I'm going to arrange a visit there to see Paul's horn.

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Thank you, Saxaholic. I wish I could see the horn as well. Is Mike a player? It is a pity that the horn just sits in the closet.
 

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It belongs to Mr. Michael Brubeck, and it was left to him directly by Paul Desmond who wanted him to have it, not to be sold or go to a museum, its place is by him, not a museum.

This horn has a personal meaning to the owner , Paul Desmond loved the person whom owns it, let this be stay so

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Michael Brubeck is the second son of Dave and Iola. He is special to them and the rest of the family because, as a child he suffered from a mysterious and serious learning disability. When Michael was born in 1949, doctors noticed he was suffering from jaundice, and kept him in isolation. What they did not notice was his blood type was incompatible with his mother. In those days there was little known about the Rh factor of blood types. The trauma that Michael experienced then may have been the root of his disability.

He grew up a normal, healthy baby. His IQ testing was very high - the highest of all the Brubeck kids before pre-school according to Dave. Like the rest of the clan, Michael exhibited a love of music and took saxophone lessons. But formal education exposed his developmental problems and some teachers were unsympathetic. Michael became withdrawn.

His family rallied behind him. As did Brubeck Quartet members Joe Morello, Eugene Wright and Paul Desmond. Michael had an intense bond with the musicians, as they were often practicing in the Brubeck home. In 1958 he accompanied the Quartet on their tour behind the Iron Curtain. He was particularly close to Desmond - so close that when Paul died, he willed his saxophone to Michael. It remains one of his most important treasures.

Michael struggled but graduated high school. One of his poems was published in a national magazine and he received an award for his literary work. As an adult, Michael continued to write. His poem, Once When I Was Very Young, was set to music by Dave and appears on the MusicMasters album. It has also been a sung by the Gregg Smith Singers.


Today, Michael lives near his parents in Connecticut with Brubeck's assistant George Moore. George is a trained therapist who assists Michael in dealing with the challenges of daily life. Michael has overcome a great deal and is the only Brubeck to continue a time-honored family tradition. Like his father and grandfather before him, he loves riding and training horses...."
 

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Michael Brubeck passed away in 2009, so he is no longer in possession of the horn.

Paul's SBA is either in a museum or still in the Brubeck family. Of special note, is that the SBA alto and it's neck are not together. The man in possession of Paul's LeBlanc alto (can't remember his name off the top of my head) has the SBA neck in the Leblanc case, as told to me by Doug Ramsey.

This was a couple years ago, so perhaps the horn and neck have been reunited since then. I have some more correspondence with Doug I might dig up some time to shed more light on it, as I believe he had specifics on where the horn resides these days.
 
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