Large Ornamental Sax In Holland

If you’ve been following my weblog for a while, you likely know that I like to keep an eye out for photos of large saxophones that adorn the outside of buildings. The other day I happened across a shot on Flickr that shows an ornamental sax affixed to the outside of a music store in Wormerveer, North Holland.

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ornamental saxophone, ornamental sax, saxophone sculpture attached to building, Marjan Mol blaasinstumenten, Wormerveer, North Holland
Source: Flickr  Photography by: Michael Coghlan

I’m not sure why Michael Coghlan would title his photograph like this, since from the outside it would have been clear that this ornamental sax is affixed to a retail store called Marjan Mol. Even if you can’t read Dutch (BTW, blaasinstrumenten means wind instruments), a storefront should have given it away.  ;)

Since I didn’t know anything about either the town, or the store, a bit of Google sleuthing turned up a website for Marjan Mole blaasinstrumenten. Unfortunately a number of the pages on their site are still under construction, and those that are finished don’t offer up a lot of information.

A bit more Googling, this time on Google Street View, tells us that Marjan Mole blassinstrumenten was not yet located at Zaanweg 4, in July 2008—the last time this street was indexed by Google Street View. There is no large, ornamental sax on the outside of building, and no mention of the company’s name anywhere to be seen, just the name DE RUITER on the main floor, and a little green sign on the left side of the building.

Edit: I finally found a page on the company’s website that indicates that they opened on June 3, 2009. Apparently the owner opened up this shop when the one he worked at closed down after being in business for 46 years.

I don’t know what kind of repairs the shop does, or what kind of instruments Marjan Mole specializes in, but I must say I love their taste in signage.   :saxy:   Large ornamental saxophones always get my vote.   :down:

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

How About A Nasta Super Sax?

If you were born in the 1980s, and were into saxophones from an early age, then this Nasta Super Sax ™ Electronic Saxophone might have been the very first horn you ever owned.

Nasta Super Sax, electronic toy saxophone, 1990s toy, musical toy
Source: tonistoychest on eBay.com

If so, and if you’re feeling nostalgic, then you might be interested in the Nasta Super Sax ™ that’s currently up for sale on eBay. The seller describes this little toy from the 1990s like this:

Saxophone and box are in great condition and very clean. I tested it and it works. What you see in the picture is what you will recieve [sic].

Nasta Super Sax, electronic toy saxophone, 1990s toy, musical toy
Source: tonistoychest on eBay.com

Nasta Super Sax, electronic toy saxophone, 1990s toy, musical toy
Source: tonistoychest on eBay.com

Nasta Super Sax, electronic toy saxophone, 1990s toy, musical toy, instruction sheet
Source: tonistoychest on eBay.com

Although the photos show us a toy sax in seemingly good condition, the seller’s description doesn’t tell us much about the toy itself. Therefore I decided to see if I could find something out about the Nasta Super Sax ™.

A quick trip to Google found a number of sites that all basically say the same thing:

On Thursday, January 04, 1990, a U.S. federal trademark registration was filed for SUPER SAX by NASTA INDUSTRIES, INC., New York 10010. The USPTO has given the SUPER SAX trademark serial number of 74016150. The current federal status of this trademark filing is ABANDONED – NO STATEMENT OF USE FILED. The correspondent listed for SUPER SAX is Howard N. Aronson of Lackenbach Siegel Marzullo & Aronson, PC, One Chase Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583 . The SUPER SAX trademark is filed in the category of Toys and Sporting Goods Products . The description provided to the USPTO for SUPER SAX is Toy musical instruments.

Source: trademarkia.com

Then I happened across this gem of a site which has a copy of the 1990 Nasta catalogue. Apparently the Nasta Super Sax ™ had a Mega Mike ™ counterpart.

Unfortunately I couldn’t find a video anywhere that demonstrates what the Nasta Super Sax ™ sounds like. Maybe the seller would like to upload an example to YouTube for us.

In any event, if you’re desperate to relive your youth, or you have a shelf of saxophone collectibles that won’t be complete without one of these, you’ll have to dig deep. The seller is asking $149.99 for this blast from the past. Hey, that’s about three times the amount that the average Sax-A-Boom is going for—and that’s with Jack Black using it as a stage prop.

As it stands, the sale is slated to end on February 15. Let’s see what happens. I can’t imagine it will sell at this price, buy hey, you never know.

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

In Memoriam: Bob Brown

On December 8, 2014, one of the kindest men I ever had the privilege of knowing and playing with passed away at his home in Chilliwack, BC. Bob Brown was the man who kept The Moonliters swinging for nearly 30 years. Besides being the drummer for The Moonliters, he also played the drum kit for the Cascadia Wind Ensemble. Since he was a well-known and respected radio broadcaster, it was also natural that he was the announcer and show script writer for the bands.

drummer, Bob Brown, The Moonliters, Cascadia Wind Ensemble

Bob performing with the Cascadia Wind Ensemble for what would be his last show, June 14, 2014, in Maple Ridge, BC.  Photo by M. Margison

Sadly I only got to know Bob during the last year of his life, but I am grateful for the time that I did get to spend with him. I learned a lot from him, and really enjoyed his sense of humour and outlook on life.

When his wife Joanne was at rehearsal a couple of weeks ago, she spoke with me about Bob’s other loves. It was then that I realized how much he and I had in common that had nothing to do with music. His search and rescue work, and his love of aviation were two other areas in which our experiences had intersected.

Today at 2:00 pm, a celebration of Bob’s life will be held at the Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home in Chilliwack. A few hours later there will be a private function, during which The Moonliters will be performing.

It will be a special show, because members who played with Bob during his nearly 30 years with The Moonliters will join us during the course of the performance. Former band members from far and wide are flying in to attend this special event. I suspect there won’t be a dry eye in the house.

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