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There are a couple of websites out there that have attempted to track Antoine-Joseph and Adolphe-Edouard Sax instruments. The problems with them are a) they're missing quite a few saxophones and b) they generally don't have pictures. I, therefore, proposed to start a project to update the lists. I never really got around to it, but I thought it'd be a nice diversion for now.

Date of manufacture is either determined from source material at http://homepages.ed.ac.uk/am/gdsl.html (archived HERE) or through http://perso.club-internet.fr/cjsax/series/adolphe.htm (archived HERE).

In 1928, Selmer purchased the Adolphe Sax plant. The first bit of these horns were made with Adolphe Sax parts and look like a horn from Adolphe Edouard Sax. The remainder of the horns looked like a Selmer Super Series horn. Additionally, I'm fairly sure that I have a pic of one with the "Cigar Cutter" octave mechanism.

These horns are generally valued as much as a Selmer Super Series horn, too, but they were initially sold at a lower price than a "true" Selmer Super Series horn.

A lot of these horns have two serial numbers. One is generally a low number and might be the Xth horn from the Adolphe Sax plant after the Selmer buyout. The other is generally a higher number and probably correlates to the Selmer pro-model saxophone serial number charts.



Here are some French phrases you'll see and their translations:
Fteur de la Mson Milre de l'Empereur = "Maker of the Emperor's military instruments"
Fournisseur de l'Académie Nle de Musique = "Supplier for the Music Academy"
Fteur de l'Académie Nle de Musique = "Maker for the Music Academy"
Sib = "Bb"
Breveté = "patented."
"Mib" = "Eb."

1st Gen

1st Gen

8 photos in 3 sub-albums

51 Rue Blanche
Double Octave Keys; No Rollers
2nd Gen

2nd Gen

41 photos in 4 sub-albums

84 Rue Myrha
3rd Gen

3rd Gen

79 photos in 12 sub-albums

"Curved" Wire Keyguards
"Y" Shaped Octave Mechanism
Buescher-like G#/C#/B/Bb Cluster
4th Gen

4th Gen

52 photos in 5 sub-albums

Redesigned, simpler octave key mechanism
Redesigned, more complex G#/C#/B/Bb cluster
5th Gen

5th Gen

50 photos in 4 sub-albums

"Straight" Wire Keyguards
Selmer Gen 1

Selmer Gen 1

98 photos in 7 sub-albums

Selmer Gen 2

Selmer Gen 2

31 photos in 3 sub-albums

Selmer Gen 3

Selmer Gen 3

11 photos in 1 sub-album