Soprano saxophone

Made 1920-1932

This instrument is important as a representative example of a member of the family of saxophones and joins both alto and tenor instruments currently in the collection. Although the instrument is thought to have been manufactured overseas, it is also significant for the Museum’s collection as it has Australian provenance, being used by an amateur musician during the jazz era of the 1920s and is representative of the kind of instruments being used by musicians in the development of jazz in Austral...


Soprano saxophone constructed in chromed metal. Key tops flat, some with small mother of pearl finger pads. Leather pads on underside of keys. Dark wooden mouthpiece with reed held in place by two metal rings. Metal cover fits over mouthpiece. Metal mount allows small music clip to be attached to instrument.

Instrument housed in hard case covered in black leather with purple felt lining inside. Case also houses mouthpiece and cover and small metal music rest consisting of spring clip that can be attached to instrument.


82 mm
82 mm


Information regarding the origins or history of the Harola company is limited, however it is known that accordions and banjos were also made under the Harola brand, however the banjos are thought to have been made in Britain whereas the accordions are thought to have been made in Germany.


The instrument belonged to the donor's father who had a love of jazz and played in small musical groups during the 1920s. He stopped playing the instrument after he was married in 1932 aged 24. The donor never saw his father play the instrument. It is presumed that the instrument was bought to Brisbane by the donor's father. The donor's father was a plumber who joined the RAAF during World War 2, however after the war he retrained as a doctor.


Gift of Mr Bernard Thomson, 2007
17 January, 2007

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Soprano saxophone 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 22 November 2017, <>
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