In the world of vintage German saxophones, there are still lots of mysteries. Here however, is one horn whose pedigree is easy to identify. The Johannes Adler alto sax currently on eBay is an example of a Max Keilwerth horn.
Johannes Adler was a dealer, and bought their various instruments from different companies. Obviously Adler bought at least some of their saxophones from Max Keilwerth’s company, since this alto—like the tenor discussed in this thread on the Forum des Musikinstrumentenmuseums Markneukirchen—is stamped with his company’s logo.
The Pure Tone Trade Mark was what Max Keilwerth stamped on all his horns—regardless of the name engraved on the bell. This logo was stamped below the right thumb rest of all of his saxophones.
If you compare this Johannes Adler alto sax, to any of the horns in the Max Keilwerth gallery Bassic Sax Pix, you can easily see the similarities.
- Its serial number (5020) is one of the higher numbers that I have seen, and like the other higher numbered horns, this sax has right-sided bell keys.
- The neck has both the same microtuner, and neck guard, that we see on MK’s horns. For example, check out the neck on Globemaster alto 5080, or even this President tenor 51XX.
- This particular bell to body brace is what MK used on not only his Pure Tone Trade Mark horns, but later on the President saxophones, when he worked for Hohner.
- The shape of nail file G# key, is identical to those on other MK saxophones.
It appears that the seller doesn’t know the pedigree of his Johannes Adler alto sax, since this is how he describes this vintage German horn:
HORN READS:JOHANNES ADLER
MARKNEUKIRCHEN i. Sa.
there is a number 49 inside a circle (very small) at the very top of horn.
-ROLLED TONE HOLES
-NECK W/ TUNER (no serial on neck)
-SORRY NOT SURE ABOUT PLATING (NICKLE??)
BOUGHT THIS HORN AROUND 2002 FROM A FRIENDS SHOP.
THE SAME YEAR HORN WAS REPADED AND HAD SOME MINOR NECK REPAIR.
REPAD & NECK WORK DONE AT EDUCATERS MUSIC IN LAKEWOOD,OHIO
HORN IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION. BODY HAS NO DENTS!
HORN IS PLAYABLE! THOUGH IT COULD USE SOME TLC.
AUCTION INCLUDES:SAXOPHONE+NECK AND A USED SELMER CASE
I LOVE THIS HORN!!! NOW IT NEEDS A BETTER HOME.
SORRY ALL SALES FINALE-NO RETURNS
THANK YOU!!!!! BEST WISHES!!!!!
These are the rest of the pictures of this interesting, Max Keilwerth-made Johannes Adler alto sax.
To me the horn look to be in average shape. There are lots of vintage Max Keilwerth horns that have either appeared on eBay, or have been brought to my attention by their owners over the past couple of years, that have been almost minty. There have also been some that have been in much worse condition—hence my assessment that this horn is average. (Check out the gallery in Bassic Sax Pix to see the horns in question.)
If you’d like to read more about Max Keilwerth, check out the page I’ve written about him on my website. There you’ll also find links to other pages related to the man and the horns he built.
If you’re interested in acquiring this Max Keilwerth-made, Johannes Adler alto sax, you still have a few days to get your bid in. The auction for this alto runs until May 26. Bids are to start at $400.00 US. At the time of writing there were no bids yet on this vintage sax made in Graslitz.
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