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the sarrusophone bears some relation to the oboe but it is better known in its lower sounding incarnations that in the soprano or sopranino




鈥....The fingering of the sarrusophone is nearly identical to that of the saxophone. This similarity caused Adolphe Sax to file and lose at least one lawsuit against Gautrot, claiming infringement upon his patent for the saxophone. Sax lost on the grounds that the tone produced by the two families of instruments is markedly different, despite their mechanical similarities. However, because the sarrusophone never gained wide acceptance, makers were not inclined to develop its mechanism to the same extent as that of the saxophone...."


it was invented in a period of great ferment in the music world, another similar instrument (which was also produced in Italy by Orsi for example) was the Rothophone, in fact many mistake Rothophones ( because of the shape) for Saxophones



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but there are other such double reed instruments even made today, such as the Lupophone


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just found another Italian Sarrusophone maker, Luigi Alziati see tenor and soprano (among many other instruments) hanging in their collection

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Another weird thing which may be a curiosity for the people interested in a Sarrusophone is thi experiment which provides a Soprano saxophone with a double reed.

Intonation and sound are (initially) questionable but there you go there are more videos on this channel where the maker produces real music aout of the finished Item (I have published a special thread about these sopranos modifications)

 

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this is an Alto Sarrusophone. In the hands of a great player this returns one of the sweetest sounds that one can imagine.

VERY reminiscent of the saxophone

 
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