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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000394.txt from 1999/06

From: Bill Hausmann <bhausman@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] saxophone
Date: Fri, 11 Jun 1999 20:52:42 -0400

At 04:05 PM 6/11/1999 +0100, Donny McKenzie wrote:
>I was wondering if anyone could help trying to find out how old this
>sax is.
>
>It looks fairly old (don't they always) with the bottom note pads on
>the left of the bell. It has two keys on the thumb lever, I take one is
>the octave key, the other?
>
>here's what it says on the saxophone:
>
>Z.BAJUS
>avesnes-le-comte
>pas-de-calais
>
>and the number on the back is: 986
>
>Has anyone a clue?
>
The two keys are both octave keys, one (the one that operates the key on
the neck) is used only above G. By around 1910, most saxes had automatic
switching octave keys, so that should ballpark date it. And it can't be
any older than about 1846!

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