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Bassic Sax

23.01.2021, 12:44


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Armstrong (25)
Here is a bit of history about these horns from a seller, who quotes Ed Svoboda—a very reliable source:

"From 1965 to 1986, Herbert Couf, the president of the WT Armstrong company, had three Keilwerth models stenciled for him under the model name "H-Couf": the "Superba I", "Superba II" and "Royalist". These instruments were built in Germany and mainly corresponded to the Toneking Special (Superba I), Toneking (Superba II) and New King (Royalist) -- all from the Toneking/New King Series IV line.....Armstrong also imported two other entire lines, the Heritage and the 3070 (thanks to Hurling Frootmig at SOTW Forum for finding this model number).

Heritage Soprano 83307, Heritage Soprano 89803
Buffet (22)
Alto 97632, Alto 98409
Bundy (49)
Baritone 34108, Baritone 39XXX, Baritone 74234
Bundy Special (73)
Alto 42591, Alto 45283, Alto 54XXX, Alto Serial #: ?, Tenor 54370, Tenor Serial #?
Crestone Tenor 29922 (12)
Dörfler & Jörka Made (67)
When Dörfler & Jörka was bought out by J.Keilwerth around 1965, the partially finished saxophones that Keilwerth assumed from its takeover of D&J that had not yet been engraved were given Keilwerth key guards and a traditional neck fastening screw. The D&J saxes that already had their engraving, for example Jubilee, were then assigned a Keilwerth serial number.
H. Genet, Jubilee
E.M.A. Royal Crown Alto 2624 (5)
Evette & Schaeffer (16)
Alto Serial # ?, Alto Serial # ?
Götz (17)
Alto Serial # ?
H. Couf (160)
Royalist I, Royalist II, Superba I, Superba II
Jean Barre Artiste (28)
Alto Serial # ?, Baritone 377XX
Jubilee (J. Keilwerth made) (148)
Alto 286XX, Alto 29443, Alto 57467, Tenor 29XXX, Tenor 47733, Tenor 56148
King Tempo (77)
Alto 60528, Alto Serial # ?, Baritone Serial # ?, Baritone Serial # ?, Tenor 58650
Klingsor Soprano 84021 (9)
La Symphonique Paris (6)
Tenor 37XXX
Luxor (9)
Tenor Serial # ?
Major (26)
Alto 35896, Tenor 56286
Manhattan (17)
Tenor 18795
MartellĂ© (24)
Alto 51283, Alto 55001
Miraphone Tenor 34889 (8)
Olds Ambassador Baritone 49866 (11)
Peter Ponzol (19)
Tenor 96898, Tenor Serial #: ?
PIA (30)
Alto 14741
Ravoy Baritone 304XX (12)
Richard Gareis, Bleistadt Tenor 5647 (7)
Roger (13)
Alto 62288
Silvertone (73)
Silvertone was the stencil name that was sold by Sears Roebuck during the first half of the 20th century. Usually the Silvertone saxophones were made by American horn makers like Buescher.

I have documented saxophones made by then German saxophone manufacturer Hammerschmidts , that carry the name Silvertone. Therefore it is not inconceivable that Sears Roebuck would have contracted with J. Keilwerth to produce some horns for them as well.

At this point I am taking an educated guess that the JK horns that carry the Silvertone name were in fact stencils for Sears Roebuck. Read my notes on the horn(s) in the gallery to see how I reached this conclusion.

At present my sample size is very small. In time I hope to gather more JK Silvertone images, and then maybe we will be able to determine something definitive.

Alto 21508, Alto 2156X, Alto 21796, Tenor 21492, Tenor 21533, Tenor 21564
Tam (9)
Alto 26014

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