Wow Vintage Gautrot Marquet Paris Eb Alto Sarrusophone – Superb Condition
Turn of the Century Sarrusophone
Saxquest is very excited to publish for sale not one but two Sarrusophones. This one is an Eb alto sarrusophone by Gautrot Marquet, made in Paris. It is in incredible physical condition and shows no history of past repairs to its raw brass body. All of the keys, posts and rods are all present and in great shape. The bell flare, lead pipe and bottom tube crook are also all in nice original condition. It does look like someone in the past re-padded it. But that was some time ago and the instrument is due to be serviced and re-padded. The instrument also includes the original bocal in good 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.
More information on this instrument will be coming soon as well as more detailed pictures once the restoration on the instruments has been completed. In the meantime please contact us by e-mail if you have any questions.