ex Landrover Nut
Are you sure? All the references I've seen said that the first saxes were in the shape of an Ophicleide, which is far from straight. Or are you only talking about the sopranos? But what's to stop someone improving on Sax's designs - as happened in many ways - for instance the invention of the automatic octave mechanism.As I have said elsewhere, the man who invented the sax ,only made straight ones, he should have known what he was doing.