this WEBSITE...


...documents knowledge that in the course of many years has been gathered both in theory and in practice on the working of the saxophone and is dedicated to the inquisitive musician. This knowledge was acquired by study, by building mouthpieces and by modifying instruments.

Among musicians little is known about the physics of the saxophone. An ignorance which makes that sometimes stories are being told that do not really fit in with what is actually going on inside the instrument. However, a saxophone is not a mystery, a saxophone obeys the laws of nature. Written as much as possible in daily language, this site seeks to reduce the saxophone to common sense.

At the same time this site presents a new initiative both in handcrafting mouthpieces and in modifying instruments. Both fields of productivity have grown out of research into the construction and working of the instrument, combined with a constant workmanship. The same combination from which the saxophone was born and which saxophone players should really consider to be their natural habitat.

  • This website is open to contributions from the outside, especially when it comes to measurements. If you can and want to contribute, please feel free to contact me! There are still various projects to be investigated.
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    and further..

    • A new chapter about a new instrument to be build:a tribute to Sax
    • In the MEASUREments section: three articles on the 'parabolic cone' as mentioned in by Sax in his first patent.
    • In the Miscellanea-section: the three original patents of Adolphe Sax.
    • The page on bore profiles in the MEASUREments section was totally revised and now contains data on 41 different instruments.
    • A slide show with pictures of modified saxophones! Look in the chapter on instruments.
    • This site changes, grows, is being reconsidered.
    • Texts of this website are free of copyrights as long as you credit the source.
    • With thanks to Stephen Howard for kindly permitting me to quote his work.
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