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Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2001 17:17:22 -0700
From: Grant Green
Subject: Re: [CB] Bass sax ID requested

>This poster to wanted some info on a French-made
>bass sax. No one there could help him.
>I guessed from his attempts to read the brand name that it might have
>been Triebert (the sarrusophone maker).

Yes, the "T" in Triebert looks much like a capital "C".  I'll pass
the word on to him.


Grant Green       
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Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2001 20:18:30 -0500
From: Robert Howe
Subject: Re: [CB] [CB Digest]

> I've recently come into possession of a bass saxophone that I'm having a
> hell of a hard time identifying and dating. The horn is definitely old, no
> bis key and the C-sharp and g-sharp on the rack are not connected in any way
> (Unarticulated), making a flutter between the two physically impossible. I
> think the engraver's mark was screwed at the factory, so I'll give you the
> only printed information I can find marked on the horn...
> Cuibert-Brevete             (this is what's the hardest to read,
> could be Cuebert, Ciubert, Ciebert, you get the Idea)
> S.G.D.G.
> Paris
> L.P.
> Thats it! I've not been able to pull anything up on this horn from anywhere,
> if anyone has any information please reply to
> Thanks,
> Shawn Pence
> ---------------------------------------------------------

This is probably made by the French firm Couesnon, using their trade name
Triébert.  Brevete is "patented", SDGD is "sans garantee du gouvernment",
meaning a patent was issued without confirming the novelty of the invention.
LP, Low Pitch, A435, was used after circa 1880.  I would date this saxophone
to circa 1900 by your description.

Triébert was a famous oboe maker who died 1880, firm was bought by Gautrot
who themselves sold to Couesnon in 1882.  Couesnon used numerous secondary
names unitl the 1930s.  See my articles, Historical Oboes, in the April and
July Double Reed for further details.

I would love photos of this saxo. for my Triébert research files.

Robert Howe

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