The saxophone was patented in 1846 by a Belgian, Adolphe Sax in Paris. It is similar to the later Taragot in that it combines the single reed of the clarinet, with a shawm type bore and fingering patterns of the oboe. As it is made out of metal it has different tonal qualities to either of its ancestors. It has become the main instrument for dance music throughout Banat and south Transylvania and more recently can be found throughout most of Romania.
Alexandru, T (1980), Romanian folk music, Musical publishing house, Bucharest