From: Technotranscendence (
Date: Mon Jan 22 2001 - 08:23:13 MST

On Sunday, January 21, 2001 8:10 PM Spike Jones wrote:
> Saxophone.
> Inventor: Adolph Sax, Paris, 1842.
> 8) Altho this item has been around for some time, it
> has changed little since it was invented. (I have played
> a replica of Sax's original. Pretty close to today's
> instrument.)

Robert Jourdain in _Music, the Brain, and Ecstasy: How Music Captures Our
Imagination_ claims that the sax is one of the few instruments that was
"born" very near its final state. Most other instruments (e.g., guitar,
violin, piano) have gone through some sort of evolution. The sax seems to
have sprung from the head of Zeus full grown.

Good puzzle!

Daniel Ust

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