I went back to SOTW to see what else I might find about JK’s new incarnation, and I happened across this thread titled, The truth about keilwerth saxophones!! The thread was started by Julius Keilwerth—the company again, not the ghost —and was an attempt to dispel some of the myths and rumours that were circulating out there since the takeover by Buffet.
If you haven’t yet seen the thread, and you’re interested, I’ll let you explore it for yourself. There are some interesting tidbits of information, sprinkled amongst the usual questions and commentary that is familiar to readers and members of SOTW.
The 2 things I personally found most interesting in the thread, were links to videos on JK’s YouTube channel. Both links were posted by Julius Keilwerth, and both were of the factory—presumably post Buffet takeover.
The first video is an overview of how Julius Keilwerth saxophones are made. Notice how much handcraftsmanship goes into the horns.
The second video shows how the rather infamous rolled, but not really rolled, tone holes are done on the SX 90R series horns. JK of course dropped real, rolled tone holes, in favour of rings soldered on top of their straight tone holes.
Why did JK drop the real, rolled tone holes? I’m not sure. I’ve not read any reliable information that explains their choice.
So, there you have it. Some pretty interesting, and overall good information if you’re a Keilwerth fan. The company is moving ahead, and going strong. Right? Maybe not so fast…
Apparently on April 3, 2012, Foundations Capital acquired the Buffet Group. According to the Woodwind Forum’s Super Sleuth, and Admin, Pete Hales, Foundations Capital has among their holdings, a restaurant chain and pre-fab concrete industry.
What, if anything, does this mean for Keilwerth—who just got saved by Buffet? Time will tell. Maybe nothing. Maybe something. Regardless, it’s a sad day when the 2nd largest instrument manufacturer in the world, has to sell itself to a company that has nothing to do with music.
I’m a bit surprised that we didn’t see Buffet sold to a petrochemical or pharmaceutical company. The latter would have at least made sense—given musicians propensity to use misuse drugs.
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