Here's a list of *most* of the known A. Sax saxophones still extant.
With links, info and pics.
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
Date of manufacture is either determined from source material at http://homepages.ed.ac.uk/am/gdsl.html
or from the website they came from.
I'm also trying to track the LOCATION engraved (e.g. "50 Rue St. Georges")
and other "main" ENGRAVING, as this can accurately give you a date range
your horn was made in, if all other engraving is missing or the horn doesn't
have a date engraved.
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"
breveté = "patented"
Sib = "Bb"
Mib = "Eb"
There actually is an F ("Fa") alto, as well. I don't know if I'll be able to
find pictures online.
One other quick note: I appended a zero to some of the serial numbers (e.g.
"06437"), so the sorting for this section would work. These horns do not
have the extra zero engraved.
An absolutely exceptional resource is Cité
de la Musique's Médiathèque website
. I'd also like to specifically
single out their Adolphe