|Marcus Girvan provided these pictures of Russell
Procope's alto sax, which sold on eBay in 2004 for US$1,056.
This Buescher Aristocrat Big B, built around 1945, was said to be in good condition for
its age and history.|
| In August 2006, Mr. Girvan wrote to the vendor:
A couple of years ago, you sold an alto sax, a Beuscher Big B which had belonged to Russell Procope from the Duke Ellington Band. Would you have any objection if the snaps from the page were posted on a web site devoted to Duke Ellington and his musicians? You would, of course, be credited.
|The vendor replied:
Mon Aug 28, 2006
We would be honored..Please send us a link when you have published the photos.
It was one of our most favorite sales. Especially with all the
history behind it.
|Additional information about Procope|
|Photo of Russell Procope at the Aquarium October 1946||Procope and Sonny Greer discuss their Ellington experiences.|
|Wikepedia biographical notes||Ellington on the Web (Ellingtonweb.ca)|
Neck (left view)
Finger pads, right
Finger pads, left
Bow, rear view
Bell keys (pads) on the inside of the horn, protected by a cage
Bell, right view
Mr. Procope and his sax
(courtesy Duke Ellington Society of Sweden)
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