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s/n 2686 bari found!


Brassica Oleracea
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I've known that this horn was supposed to be floating around somewhere for years. I never bothered to look for it, really, and I just found it while I was looking for something completely different.

Here's a problem: I don't know if it's really the oldest or just has the earliest serial number.

Several years back, I found an article on the oldest saxophone, also a baritone, with the serial 4634. It looks older, IMO, especially the C and Eb. However, the low B design on 4634 was what was on all later A. Sax instruments.

I should try to hunt down pics of the other early horns known to exist: 5111 (probably bari), 5116 (bari), and 5140 (bari).


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You have a good point, especially about the low B mechanism. It appears to be similar to the low B on bari saxes from the late 1800s, suggesting that it is a much newer horn. However, it does have a large bell like the earliest saxes, and Sax was constantly experimenting, so anything is possible.
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