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sarrusophone(sərŭs`əfōn), brass keyed wind instrument, played with a double reed, thus a member of the oboeoboe
[Ital., from Fr. hautbois] or hautboy
, woodwind instrument of conical bore, its mouthpiece having a double reed. The instruments possessing these general characteristics may be referred to as the oboe family, which includes the English horn, the bassoon,
..... Click the link for more information. family. Invented in 1856 by Sarrus, a French bandmaster, it is made in several sizes and was once much used in French bands to replace the weaker-toned oboes and bassoons. Only the contrabass was very successful, replacing the contrabassoon in French orchestras for a time.
a wind instrument. It was constructed in 1856 by the instrument maker P. L. Gautrot at the request of the French Kapellmeister Sarrus. The sarrusophone is made of brass and has a double reed. It exists in six sizes, from soprano to contrabass. Sarrusophones were used mainly in brass bands, although the contrabass sarrusophone was sometimes included in symphony orchestras; they are rarely used in modern orchestras.