Romero System Sax and Clarinet, in a Nutshell

Taken from the Woodwind forum mostly because a now deceased friend of mine said he would write this article for me. Instead Pete, one of the admins on the Woodwind forum did.


A few days ago, I came across a couple of saxophones that I had never seen or heard of before and they looked really, really interesting:és-stolen-instruments/ (really big pics)’’

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I had heard of the Romero System before, but only on clarinets. Then I looked back to see where I heard of them from. Hey, it’s Gandalfe’s website. However, the article was written by Terry Stibal (SOTSDO), a gentleman who was a clarinet Content Expert here until he passed away in 2015.

I thought the keywork was extremely interesting and that led me to undertake a trip surfin’ the Internet today. Here’s some stuff I found:

Full Romero System tan-stained boxwood clarinet from Lefèvre (Paul Bié, the co-author on the Romero patent, owned Lefèvre).
Full Romero System black-stained boxwood clarinet from Paul Bié. This example has a few extremely large zoomable pics.
Partial Romero System blackwood clarinet. This “half Romero” horn is somewhat similar to the #656 saxophone in the above link to

Romero     Romero3   Romero2

There’s a well-produced video here. (Here’s a bit better version, on YouTube.) It’s in Spanish. There’s a subtitle track here. You can translate the subtitles with Google Translate, if you’d like. The video’s got some great shots of the clarinets — including the patent drawings and original cases — so you can easily enjoy it without the subtitles.

There’s a fingering chart for the clarinet on page 186 of this Google Book, The Clarinet, by Eric Hoeprich. There’s a nice bit of exposition about what the design was supposed to do.
There’s a PDF article here, from the Galpin Society (see pages 4 and 5). The pic is of the tan boxwood horn that I mentioned above.

Here’s a PDF of the exhibition of Antonio Romero at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Madrid. It’s in Spanish. There’s a close up of the tan boxwood horn in the flyer.
I’m relatively sure that there are only four or five remaining Romero System clarinets.


As far as the saxophones go, I believe the two listed on are the only examples, as I could not find any other references to them.

Pete Hales, aka SaxPics, Admin for the Woodwind Forum.

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 Seattle Solid GOLD Big Band (formerly the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra) a GOLD sax quartet, and enjoy time with family and friends.
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