Beautiful Keyed Bugle By Charles Joseph Sax

Charles-Joseph Sax (1790-1865), the father of Adolphe Sax, made this B-flat keyed bugle in his Brussels workshop in 1842. Since Charles was trained not only as an instrument maker, but also as a joiner and cabinet maker, it is likely that he also made the instrument’s decorative wooden case (veneered with purple-heart and inlaid with striped holly). Fortunately, the name of the original owner of the keyed bugle was inlaid on the case: L. Honbert, who was from the small Belgian town of Menin in west Flanders–about 30 miles south of Bruges. Charles-Joseph’s seven-key bugle is modeled after the French design, but it also displays some unique features, such as two keys that are positioned at about the same distance from the bell and used simultaneously. The most striking French characteristic is the rack-and-pinion tuning slide design. The post or pillar key-work is very modern for the time and was adapted from woodwind designs.

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Professional Trumpeter: Soloist, Orchestra Player, Chamber Music, Contemporary Music & Education.
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