… is that a sarrusophone? Do tell! I don’t know that I’ve ever seen this beast before. (And if I have, I’ve since forgotten … I blame the oboe.)

This is the Hexagon Ensemble. A new group to me!

Looks like you can see and hear the full concert here. I’ve not done so yet … time for me to pull out the English horn and get to work!


  1. The only time I hear the word sarrusophone was in negotiations. I didn’t even know it was a real instrument.

  2. Yep, it really is an instrument, Beth, although I’ve obviously never heard one or seen one, aside from photos. I still don’t know if this is what it is … I’m waiting for my bassoon-wise friends to look & listen! 🙂

  3. Back when I was in high school a local jack-of-all-instruments, Dante Perfumo, owned one. I played it once, and the reed was so wide I could hardly get my mouth around it.

    Like the pictures in Wikipedia, his sarrusophone had a narrower flare than the instrument in the video and the bell pointed straight up.

    This instrument has a much wider bell flare, points to the front more and looks like it was made yesterday. I wonder if it is another product by the folks that make the Lupophone? I’ve never seen anything like it. Imagine Ravel’s Beast played on THAT horn…

  4. It IS by Gutram Wolfe, the Lupophone guy. It’s a ContraForte. Go to

    For a picture and description.

  5. Thanks, Bob! 🙂 (but I see no link so I’ll search on it myself)

  6. I pasted in the link – dunno why it didn’t go, but, again, here:


  7. Thanks! I never got around to finding the link and now you’ve saved me the effort. 🙂