the Sax family

The Sax family profoundly influenced the making of wind instruments in the 19th century. Charles-Joseph Sax, based in Brussels, made high quality and extremely refined instruments and most notably, he initiated his son Antoine-Joseph, otherwise known as Adolphe, in the art of instrument making. Adolphe left Brussels for Paris, where he made significant improvements to existing instruments (bass clarinet, cornet, trumpet, trombone, etc.), whilst creating new ones to which he gave his name: saxophones, saxhorns, saxotrombas, and saxtubas. His instruments were famous in his day, and today they still are highly prized and sought after by musicians, collectors and museums. Adolphe's brother, Alphonse, also left some interesting instruments, as did his son Adolphe-Édouard, who was active until 1928.

Today, the mim wind collection contains some 125 instruments made by different members of the Sax clan, including a series of saxophones, a wide range of saxhorns, saxotrombas, cornets, trumpets, instruments with six valves and seven bells, omnitonic and valve horns, bugles, flutes, clarinets, etc. It is one of the largest collections of Sax instruments held in a public collection, a mark of distinction for the mim at international level.

Adolphe Sax
alto saxophone by Sax
saxhorn with pivoting bell
trombone with 7 bells by Sax
cornet with Sax brand