Some very nice photos of a pair of Sarrusophones that I saw from QuinnTheEskimo...

Discussion in 'The Sarrusophone Branch' started by TrueTone, Feb 21, 2018.

  1. TrueTone

    TrueTone Clarinet, Sax, Oboe, History

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    So I occasionally log onto facebook as our clarinet professor has a facebook group for our clarinet studio that she sometimes sends things to, and I happened to see these while checking on it:

    Some very nice photos of a Conn Eb Contra and a Buffet Bb Bass, with yet more sarruses in the comments, including an Eppelsheim...

    The Buffet's also on ebay, too-for the price of almost $10K obo.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Evette-and...133382?hash=item3d5a7cccc6:g:Xv8AAOSwWY5ajgeU
    I'd rather like to see the mouthpiece he has for the Bass, though...

    edit: oh hey that facebook link embedded itself, I didn't know we had some links that would do that other than from youtube.
     
  2. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    Yah. It's supposed to embed from about a hundred different sources. It's an interesting plugin. Unfortunately, I can't see it. I'll have to play around with my various plugins in Google Chrome.
     
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  3. saxhound

    saxhound Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    I can see it using Opera.
     
  4. Gandalfe

    Gandalfe Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    Here's the linkee: facebook.com/QuinnTheEskimoBrassAndWinds/posts/954035838086646

    It's one of our more popular posts this year. So many pictures and the comments are pretty good too.
     
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    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    I can see it now, but thanks for posting the link, Gandalfe.

    I made a comment on the Facebook page mentioning that Conn's Sarrusophone construction probably stopped in 1941, with a bit more than 300 built (I've got a sn 303 in my gallery). I wanted to expand on that a little.

    It's very possible that the Sarrusophones that have pearl keywork were produced, well, just about anytime. Conn used a different set of serial numbers an a letter for each instrument. So, if you had a professional saxophone, the serial number would be in the form of, "M123,456." The Sarrusophone serial numbers are in the form of "V123."

    A few years back, I found a Buescher bass that was produced in the 1960s, IIRC, and had a 1960s serial number. There were some minor differences in keywork, but the horn was essentially a 1920s True Tone. Obviously a special order item. Now, the one thing that separates the really high serial number Sarrusophones and lower serial number ones is the pearl keywork. So, it makes me wonder (heh) if those high serial number horns are all much later custom models. It'd be interesting if the pearl-keyed ones have an automatic octave key or some other mechanical difference, too.

    Anyhow, I did say that the silver Conn from Quinn was one of the two prettiest I've seen. The other one is a gold-plated Artist model (finish 00).

    While I wish Quinn luck, I don't think he's going to get $10K for that Bb bass Sarrusophone. It is rare, in both the sense of quite uncommon and valuable, but he's sold a ton of Eb contras for a lot less. However, I've played a grand total of one bass sax. Maybe a Bb bass Sarrusophone would be a better buy.
     
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  6. Gandalfe

    Gandalfe Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    I'm not sure he cares if many of his vintage babies sell. They are so fun to play.
     
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    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    You got to play it? Do tell.
     
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  8. Gandalfe

    Gandalfe Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    They are not my style of instrument, would take me some time to get used to. They are lovely instruments. The scale takes some serious chops to play well and in tune. The fingering must be like a bassoon. YMMV.
     
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  9. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    Psst! Check the first post in the thread!

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  10. retread

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    "(sounds) like a saxophone crossed with an oboe." In other words, a cumbersome soprano sax as played by Coltrane?
     
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