Discussion in 'General Rothophone Discussion' started by Helen, Jan 12, 2008.

  1. Helen

    Helen Content Expert Saxophones Staff Member Administrator

    Jan 4, 2008
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    A few years ago I remember seeing Paul Cohen's "for sale" listings of some of his peculiar horns. The one that most stuck in my head was the rather anorexic-looking rothophone.

    I was wondering if anyone here had actually played one (or owns one for that matter). What do they sound like? Other than playing them in the privacy of your own home, what might they be used in?
  2. Gandalfe

    Gandalfe Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    Dec 26, 2007
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    Helen, did he ever sell that thang? It's still posted for sale here. Also there's no mouthpiece or bocal that I can see in the pics.

  3. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

    Dec 26, 2007
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    I *think* he did. It was on sale on eBay several years back.

    Beginning of the IDRS Rothophone article.
    Another article.
    Rothophone family pic.
    Rothophone quartet compared to a sax quartet.

    It's somewhat sad that my former website,, is one of the top three hits for "rothophone" on Google, especially as I just have Paul Cohen's rothophone pics from his eBay ad.

    Rob Verdi owns a rothophone and he's pictured with it on the cover of Saxophobia. Sadly, he doesn't play it on the CD.


    So, if one assumes that the Rothophone sounds just like a Sarrusophone, happy, happy. There are quite a few recordings of Sarrusophones around (Google away!). The purpose of a Sarrusophone -- and, by extension, a Rothophone -- was to have a LOUDER double reed, particularly a bassoon. Primarily for marching/military bands.

    I wax prosaic about the Sarrusophone in the Sarrusophone section.
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