This week-end I was in Brussels for vacation, and we went to the MIM (Musée des Instruments de Musique / Musical Instruments Museum), which is a must-see for any music lover. The museum is housed in a former department store, a fantastic piece of Art Nouveau architecture.
The collection of musical instruments is amazing, one of the largest in the world. In particular the world and tradition section is huge, and the variety and quality of instruments which are presented is remarkable.
Since Adolphe Sax was Belgian, a large section of the museum is devoted to his inventions. I particularly liked the saxhorn collection:
The smallest one has a system of keys which I had never seen before.
I’m guessing that the keys on the side are for intonation, since the valves would take care of producing the different notes.
These instruments show the variety of key systems which were invented in the 19th century:
If you are in Brussels, I strongly encourage visiting it !