About two or so years ago, I got an email about what turned out to be a stencil of a Maurice Boiste saxophone. That silver plated, Paul Beuscher alto was a very pretty horn, and at the time was a new one for me. My research at the time was only able to turn up some references to an old page on Saxpics, and according to it, it appeared that the alto was a Pierret stencil.
What a difference a couple of years make. As the Internet has evolved, and as more pages are indexed by both English and foreign language search engines, I am now able to write with 100% certainty that the Paul Beuscher stencil alto was built by Maurice Boiste in his shop near Paris, France.
Who was Maurice Boiste? What kind of saxophones did he build? Sadly, there is very little definitive information available in any language on the ‘Net, and Uwe Ladwig’s history of the saxophone, SAXOFONE – Ein Kompendium, doesn’t mention the brand either.
Thanks to an email I got from my SOTW friend, JayePDX, I finally got around to compiling all the loose bits of research I did have on Maurice Boiste, and conduct some more searches to see what else I could turn up. The result? The new Maurice Boiste page on Bassic Sax.
I’ve managed to find some very interesting bits and pieces of information (mostly in French), about Maurice Boiste, and the saxophones he made. What’s more interesting though, are the saxophones themselves. Although at this point I only have a small sample size, from these 4 horns we can see the evolution that the horns underwent.
The iconic clothes guard was not a feature on all Maurice Boiste horns, but at this time it’s too early to say why. Were the models that didn’t have this funky guard just a plainer model? Or did they come earlier in the development of the brand, and the iconic guard come along at a later date?
The left pinkie cluster is another feature on Maurice Boiste’s horns that showed quite a bit of variance over time, as did the shape of the right pinkie keys. (The two tone horn is alto # 9267, and is likely newer than the Paul Beuscher # 7125 shown above).
If you are interested in this small, French horn manufacturer, check out the Maurice Boiste page on Bassic Sax. If you would like to see all the photos I have of his horns, check out the Maurice Boiste gallery in Bassic Sax Pix.
Lastly, if you have any information about the brand, or a Maurice Boiste saxophone that you would like to contribute to the gallery, please drop me an email. Thank you.