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Left Pinkie Cluster
Left Pinkie Cluster
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Bassic Sax

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Description: In 1951 the Julius Keilwerth Saxophone Company, from Nauheim, Germany, applied to the German Patent Office for a radical new type of key guard. This key guard was made out of “Plexiglas oder anderen Kunststoffen” (Plexiglas or other plastics).

This plastic key guard, or angel wing as it would come to be known, was to provide a one-piece replacement for the multiple wire or sheet metal guards that protected the low Bb, B, and C keys. The angel wing further added protection to the low C# key—a key that had no protection before.

Although the patent was granted in August 1952, we know that the Plexiglas key guards were not without their problems. While these guards certainly looked striking, they were prone to cracking and breaking. This is of course why the Julius Keilwerth company used the metal replacement wings to repair the horns under warranty. These same metal guards are of course still used today, to restore vintage Toneking and The New King model horns.

To see what these replacement, metal angel wings look like,
please see the previous gallery.
Keywords: Julius-Keilwerth, patents, angel-wing, Toneking, The-New-King, vintage, German, Keilwerth
Date: 18.11.2012 01:04
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