Adolphe Sax Tenor Saxophone (Bb) Original Model 2 (1863)
Tenor Saxophone (Bb)
Brand / Maker
Original Model 2
YearTuning (A / Hz)
435 (Diapason Normale)
Material & Finished :
Place (Head Quarters / Factory) :
Year Introduced - Year Ended :
1840 / Patent 1846 / Model 2 (1861 – 1881)
Value (Year / Price) :
Original : 1870 = ₣220 (€33.54)
Current (Used) : 2018 = $5,800
Original saxophone made by the inventor himself! It was made at the famous 50 rue Saint Georges in Paris. It is tuned at 435Hz. Restored by Jean-François Bissonnet-Leverbe. Adolphe Sax manufactured the saxophones in 3 models (not counting the early prototypes).
The early model has a large bell. (Serial# earliest-24xxx) However according to the inventor himself, he rather preferred a darker sound in order to blend in with the brass so he reduced the flare to the bell. This is the second model & most produced (Serial# 24xxx-35xxx). Then the last model was minor improvements adding the cushion to the lower key cups & better design to the stem of each key. (Serial# 35xxx-41xxx) Also in the last model, the baritone finally have the low B key hole at the side instead of in the middle. The soprano’s octave trigger also was redesigned without the ring.