This book provides excellent photographic documentation of the beginning and the evolution of the saxophone. Leo Van Oostrom's collection of saxophones and their ancestors was photographed by Peter Cox and is accompanied by text in Dutch, French, and English. Additional information such as vintage print ads, patents, photographs, biographies of the makers and diagrams are included.
The saxophones covered in Van Oostrom's collection span from 1854 to 1981, and some of their most unique characteristics are featured in close-up offset pictures. The chapters are arranged by each major manufacturer:
Adolphe Edouard Sax
Evette & Schaeffer / Buffet-Crampon
H N. White
The Years 1866-1905
Novelties from The Roaring Twenties
Saxophone Related Instruments
The Years 1920-1950
Information on manufacturers through the 1980s are included as well as chapters on novelty saxophones and related instruments. Listings and pictures of saxophones made by smaller makers and manufacturers are also included.
100+1 Saxen is an excellent resource for players, technicians, and enthusiasts. 159 black and white pages in 11 chapters with a foreword by Tony Bingham, a bibliography, and a patent section.