Ole Olsen & His Commodores

Stepping back in time to a day when Ole Olsen & His Commodores ruled the Vancouver dance floor Months ago, while searching through the City of Vancouver Archives, I came across some interesting shots by photographer Stuart Thomson. Thomson was a professional photographer who lived in Vancouver from 1910-1960. During …

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Two New Student Model Tenor Saxophones

A couple of options in the current crop of student model tenor saxophones Yesterday I did something I very seldom do: I play-tested a couple of brand new tenor saxophones. These were not pro models, but rather current student models that are targeted at beginning players. They were so new …

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Just What Do We Know About F. Köhler?

Over the past few years I have been doing my best to research some of the best, and in some cases the most obscure, saxophone manufactures who were in operation in Germany during the 1900s. F. Köhler certainly fits into both these categories, since not only did they build some …

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Saxophones Can Be Family Heirlooms

From working instruments to meaningful heirlooms: How saxophones can be a meaningful part of a family’s history On Tuesday night I was at rehearsal with the Moonliters—the Big Band I play with—and we had a substitute tenor player sitting in. Jeff (not his real name) mentioned to me that the …

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Meinel & Herold: Vintage German Saxophones

There is a curious little alto on eBay ATM. This Meinel & Herold alto saxophone may be bordering on the antique range of the vintage spectrum. (Meaning that it might be close to 100 years old. It’s hard to say.) This Meinel & Herold alto saxophone is a very, very simple …

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Review Of An A.E. Sax C-Pitched Tenor Sax

Adolphe Edouard Sax C-pitched tenor saxophone Country of origin: France Date of manufacturing: 1907-1928 1 (Likely prior to Selmer’s takeover of the Sax company). Date of Review: 2017 It was in November 2012 that I wrote about a A.E. Sax C-pitched tenor sax that belonged to a fellow who lives …

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