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This is the inventor of the saxophone's son.
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.
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
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."
You might notice that I'm posting a few horns in here that are actively for sale.
I'm doing that for a few folks that have been long-time contributors here.
The standard disclaimer applies: they're not my horns, I don't claim they're good or they're in perfect shape, etc.
If you want to list your horn, e-mail me at thesaxinfo-at-gmail.com and we might be able to work something out.