transverse saxophone

The transverse saxophone is a 3D-printed acoustic instrument that reproduces the sound of a conic saxophone.

Its body, printed in PVC using the Catia software, was equipped with a machined soprano saxophone mouthpiece. A custom analog input card allowed to sense acoustic pressure inside the mouthpiece. The early prototype was designed based on acoustic modelling of a standard conic saxophone.


The project was developed with Jean Kergomard and Patrick Sanchez in collaboration with Laboratoire de Mécanique et d’Acoustique (CNRS), in the context of the ENS Paris-Saclay Bachelor’s Degree in Physics.

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