Vintage Gautrot Marquet Paris Bb Soprano Sarrusophone, Serial #381
Original Gautrot Vintage
Saxquest is very excited to publish for sale not one but two Sarrusophones. This one is an Bb soprano sarrusophone by Gautrot Marquet, made in Paris, serial number 381. The soprano is in immaculate physical condition and has no history of past repair. Its raw brass body is in outstanding original condition. All of the keys, rods and posts are with the instrument and are also in terrific original condition. This sarrusophone is currently in our shop awaiting a professional restoration. We will go through the instrument top to bottom and put all new pads and corks on it. Soon this sarrusophone will be in perfect playing condition.
The rareness of the Sarrusphone should be heavily stressed. These are not instruments that you commonly see and are no longer actively used in ensembles. Originally they were manufactured as potential alternatives to double reed instruments. At the time their was demand for a double reed instrument which could perform in wind bands and marching bands at louder volumes, specificity outdoor performances by the French Military.
The construction of the sarrusophone is made up of a brass body with a conical bore. Showing resemblance to the ophilclyde, saxophone and double reed instruments like bassoon and oboe. Most of the members of the sarrusophone had at least one bend or wrap in their body with exception of the two smallest sizes like the soprano. The instrument was first made as a double reed instrument with bocal but was eventually being fitted with a mouthpiece on the bocal for the ease of single reed players.
There is unfortunately not a large amount of recordings on these instruments but you can hear
More information on this instrument will be coming soon as well as more detailed pictures once the restoration on the instruments has been completed.