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date: 08 December 2019

Lecomte, Arsène-Zoé locked

  • Niall O’Loughlin

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(b Ferrière-Haut-Clocher, June 3, 1818; d Paris, Feb 26, 1892). French wind instrument maker. After having been employed by gautrot, he set up his own business in Paris in 1859. He specialized in producing brass instruments for export, including models licensed from Sax in 1860 and from Legendre in 1875. In 1874 he designed a duplex clarion/trumpet with two supplementary pistons, and in 1885 a cornet with instant transposition facility. In 1888 he was the first maker to apply part of the Boehm system mechanism to the saxophone. His metal bassoon of 1889 was reported to have ‘sonorité extraordinaire et justesse absolue’, light mechanism, beautiful low notes, and upper notes with a metallic sound not unlike those of the saxophone. Lecomte also produced ophicleides, natural trumpets, tenor saxhorns, helicons, cornets, bugles, oboes, and clarinets. He gained bronze (1867) and silver (1878) medals in Paris, a diploma of honour in Philadelphia (...

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