One Very Flat Sax

Remember a few weeks ago when this horn appeared on eBay? I still think that the seller’s description, photos, and questions that the auction generated, combine together as the best eBay ad I’ve ever seen. :mrgreen:

This morning I noticed a thread on SOTW, that got some people ridiculously angry. The thread was called, Sax Snuff Film, and linked to the following YouTube clip.

Reading through some of the comments left on YouTube, was similar to reading the comments on SOTW. People either thought it was funny, or hated it. And by hated it, I mean loathed it.

Some of the comments on YouTube were so bad, that the video’s owners added the following explanation to the film:

I feel I have to write a little more about the background of doing this, and maybe answer some questions. We have a music business, and the instruments shown were both cheap school instruments of considerable age and beyond any reasonable priced repair. The remains of the instruments were later used by a renowned artist in making a piece of art, and that’s what they are today. Thanks for all comments!

If you carefully look at the alto before it got run over by the steam roller, the key guards appear to be those of an Amati. I think most will agree that moving on from being an Amati student model sax, to a being incorporated into a piece of art, is a move up the evolutionary scale. 😉

To all those who got themselves so riled up about this seemingly atrocious act, let’s remember, this was not a Mark VI, Super 20, Martin, Top Hat & Cane, 6M, or any other make or model of pro horn. It was a student horn that needed extensive repairs, and it just wasn’t worth it any more.

This flattened (Amati?) alto is a bit like this Mexi-Conn alto that the owner smashed up in my friend’s repair shop, when he found out that it wasn’t worth repairing. No steam roller involved here, just one pissed off owner with heavy boots. 😯

…this is just my blog. My “real” website is If you’re looking for sax info, you should check it out too.There’s lots there!

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Helen Kahlke is a professional horn player and sax teacher who lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia. She plays soprano, alto, C melody, tenor, baritone, and bass saxophones.


  1. Hi there eric. Somehow I missed like a week of comments. My apologies, yours was one of them. 😳

    Hey, congrats on your win. Locating it on a log is great. It displays it wonderfully. Now I’m thinking I have to find a steamroller to flatten on of my beater, wall ornaments, but sadly I have no logs, so the effect wouldn’t work. On second thought, forget the steamroller. 😉

    Thanks for the visit…helen

  2. I bought that sax off of ebay. It makes a great decoration.

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