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Adolphe Sax's first saxophone was a bass sax, shaped like an ophicleide. There is a detailed drawing of this saxophone in the patent diagram of 1846.

Somehow, none of these ophicleide shaped saxes have survived. Has anyone ever seen an actual original saxophone made by Adolphe Sax in the configuration of the prototype? How about a photograph?
 

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Check out:

http://www.saxpics.com/the_gallery/misc_rare/curved_bari/pelisson.jpg

The curved F Baritone sax. One of a very few.

I've tried to contact the owner of this beast on a few occasions and I always get a reply (in broken English), "My son, the owner of this instrument, is sick and cannot reply to your e-mail. I know nothing about saxophones."

The curved C bass probably no longer exists. This first horn was A. Sax's prototype and maybe 5 total were built. Makes me wonder about how many A. Sax contrabasses there were (my article about these is in Harri's hands and I hope to see it published soon).

If you own any of these horns, please send me pics at [email protected]!
 
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