Rothphone and Ophicleide, oh no!

DSCF0124 I was just finishing my annual project to provide pictures for the annual Sax Calendar that Pete Hales puts together. Running a bit late, okay really late, I called upon my friend QuinnTheEskimo (eBay Musical Instrument Retailer). He recommended I take pictures of his alto Rothphone by Botalli. It probably is from the 1880s. But the pictures of such a skinny instrument don’t seem to be good enough for a calendar.

So he told me he had a Bass Ophicleide in C by Thomas Key from around the 1860s. That would give some nice perspective and is very pertinent to a sax calendar. Pete sez, “Pairing the Roth with the Oph, now that’s a kewl idea. Additionally, Matt, the owner of the horns, said that the Oph is a C bass, which is essentially the horn that Adolphe Sax put a single-reed mouthpiece on and said, “Hmm. This sounds pretty decent. I wonder if I can improve it.”

Unfortunately I lost all the pictures on one camera but fortunately I usually take pictures on at least two cameras if I am in a prepared situation. So here are some of the rest of the pictures.

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These were more like concept pictures and the lighting isn’t the best, but Pete will probably do some magic post-processing to improve upon the pictures. Helen does that to most of her pictures on her Bassic Sax blog, maybe I should see what magic she can do with these shots.  :o)

You can see some more of my camera work on my Flickr photo site.


About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra, and enjoy time with family and friends.
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2 Responses to Rothphone and Ophicleide, oh no!

  1. Helen says:

    Oh Jim, I only do that to my own photos. And only because I usually don’t get the lighting right the first time. ;-)These are very nice instruments, and I’m sure Pete will do a bit of magic on the lighting to get them to "pop". I had actually promised that I’d send him pics of some of my horns this year. Same promise I made last year. I think he knows I can’t be trusted with pesky little things like time lines or deadlines. Well you know what they…. There’s always next year. :-)

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