Saxophone with short bell

Paul A. sent me a photo of his alto sax in response to my previous post on a saxophone with two octave keys. His saxophone also has two octave keys, and it has a short bell. Contemporary saxophones have a longer bell, go down to B flat, and have two large pads on the bell. Paul’s saxophone has a shorter bell, only goes down to B, and only has one pad on the bell.

Alto sax with short bell

Here’s a closeup of the octave keys.

Two octave keys

Paul says he found his instrument in an antique shop. It has no serial number or manufacturer information. If you know anything about this model, please leave a comment below.

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5 thoughts on “Saxophone with short bell

  1. I’m no expert so your mileage may vary, but this looks like a modified Mayfair-Sharpe model Coolbreeze O7 or O9

  2. Hi James, thanks for your suggestion! A quick Internet search didn’t reveal a Mayfair-Sharpe company (or combination of the name). Are they still in business or perhaps predate the Internet under a different name?

  3. Hi Mike,
    Thank you for the link. It is spot on. The sax I have has all the tell-tale signs of a contemporary Indian sax made to resemble a 1900’s version… complete with puffy red pads, spiral plastic looking springs, etc. The keys don’t close properly, which I presumed was due to a sloppy re-pad job, but it may be an inherent quality issue. Eitherway, it’s a novel item I’ll probably use as wall art until I get interested enough to attempt to have it repaired.
    Thanks for your input!

  4. I’ve owned a Grafton saxophone and loved it.
    Calling it a cheap plastic sax misrepresents the horn. It had quite a bark.
    BTW check out Bud Powels comping on all the things you are on that recording. Bud was Beautiful.

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