[Dixielandjazz] Bechet's sarrusophone
jobriant at garlic.com
Fri Nov 16 09:01:21 PST 2007
Brian Wood wrote:
> I do not think there is any question that a sarrusophone is a
> double-reeded instrument. In fact the sarrusophone was unique in
> double-reeded instruments.
True, it was designed as a double-reed instrument, but it's also playable
with a single reed on a Soprano Sax mouthpiece.
> Unlike the oboe or bassoon which have a parallel bore, the
> sarrusophone, a brass instrument, is conically-bored like a
> saxophone. It seems that its inventor in 1856, a man called Sarrus
> (!), ...
Mr. Sarrus didn't invent the Sarrusophone. It was invented by Pierre-Louis
Gautrot, the owner of the instrument manufacturing company that bore his
name, and which evolved into Couesnon. The instrument was named after
French bandmaster Pierre-Auguste Sarrus, Sarrus originated the concept of a
family of metal, conical-bore double-reed instruments. But Gautrot was the
one who turned the concept into reality.
Tuba & Leader, The Zinfandel Stompers
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