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The saxophone was invented by Adolphe Sax, a Belgian clarinet and flute player, around 1841. Sax wanted to improve the tone of the bass clarinet and the result of his efforts was a C-bass saxophone constructed of metal with a single reed. Sax showed his creation to composer Hector Berlioz who published an article about the saxophone in 1842 and featured it in one of his compositions in 1844 in Paris. Adolphe Sax obtained patents for 14 variations of his saxophone in 1846. Some jealous competitors protested his patents and stole his designs or filed lawsuits against his company. When his patents expired, other instrument makers copied the designs and made their own variations.

Sax continued to make improvements to saxophones throughout the rest of the 1800s. He died in 1894 and his son... Read more

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Belcrest Saxophone Brass

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Phoenix, AZ, USA

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A Selmer MK-VI baritone saxophone, 1975

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The Buescher True Tone Low Pitch Tenor Saxophone

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