WOW! Vintage Gautrot Marquet Paris Eb Alto Sarrusophone – Fully Restored!
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. This instrument was just completely restored in the Saxquest repair shop by master technician Chris Funck. Chris painstakingly rebuilt this sarrusophone to factory specs, replacing all pads and material, regulating and adjusting it throughout. All levers and rods have been cleaned and oiled, and the instrument is in perfect playing condition. You very rarely see these sarrusophones available in restored 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. This sarrusophone has its original bocal and is set up to be used with a standard bassoon reed.