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Adolphe Sax's collection

Adolphe Sax (1814-1894), who worked in Brussels and then in Paris, built up his own collection as part of his activities as a musical instrument maker. This collection went up for sale when his company went bankrupt in 1877.

Originally his collection consisted of 467 instruments from different periods and geographical areas, but the instruments got dispersed. One of the buyers at the 1877 sale was Victor-Charles Mahillon, curator of the Musée instrumental du Conservatoire that was founded in the same year.

Today, 33 instruments from the private collection of Adolphe Sax are kept at the...

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Bass clarinet
Bass clarinet, inv. 0940