[Dixielandjazz] Bechet's Main Instrument
tubaman at tubatoast.com
Thu Nov 15 10:08:50 PST 2007
If what you saw in the museum case were labeled as sarrusophones
then I would be suspicious of the curators. Ophicleides,
Sarrusophones, and Saxophones look very similar at first glance. They
all have keys and pads, are brass, folded conical shape in a variety
of sizes with relatively small bells. Opheclides have cupped (trumpet/
trombone) mouthpieces, sarrusophones have double-reed (bassoon)
mouthpieces, and saxes have single-reed mouthpieces.
Putting a different class of mouthpiece on any of them would be an
easy thing to do.
Serpents are a whole different animal (and don't even ask about
On Nov 15, 2007, at 3:40 AM, ROBERT R. CALDER wrote:
> The only sarrusophones I have ever seen (in museums as well as in
> photographs) had trumpet mouthpieces. I never got my hands on one
> (glass cases tend to be locked). It never occurred to me that a
> reed mouthpiece could be used. I certainly didn't confuse it with a
> serpent. I have seen them in adjacent glass cases and fortunately
> they had made no attempts to intertwine.
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