A Malerne Stencil Sax

There’s a relatively-seldom-seen brand of saxophone on eBay right now. The name on the bell reads Acme Master, but the horn was made by Malerne.

vintage alto, Acme Master by Malerne, French saxophone

     Source: alex13blackpanther

This Acme Master appears to be in very nice condition, and still has most of its lacquer intact. The pictures don’t show any obvious signs of damage to the horn, and furthermore, show a sax that likely spent the majority of its life as a closet horn.

  Source: alex13blackpanther

The seller describes the horn like this:

VINTAGE MALERNE ACME MASTER SAXOPHONE MADE IN FRANCE .SERIAL NUMBER 3547 WITH MATCHING NUMBERS ON THE NECK.

THIS INSTRUMENT LOOKS TO BE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION FOR THE AGE. IT COMES IN A BULL’S HEAD HARD CASE . THE MOUTH PIECE IS MARKED FRANCE ( M ) . INCLUDED ALSO IS A BATES SAX CHAIN ( MERIT ) AND OTHER MARKED SLING THAT LOOKS TO BE BAKELITE. THE CORK ON THE NECK NEEDS TO BE REPLACED . THE ORIGINAL FINISH IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION AS YOU CAN SEE ON THE PICTURES. THEIR IS NO DENTS ON THE INSTRUMENT. I DO NOT KNOW ANY THING ABOUT MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS SO PLEASE LOOK AT THE PICTURES FOR MORE DETAILS

Alright already, we heard you. There’s no reason to YELL. :P  … I guess some people didn’t get the memo that capitals = yelling.  :D

These Malerne horns have a fairly strong following. If you are interested in finding out more about them, check out the Malerne forum on SOTW.

I should mention that there appears to be quite a bit of mystery about the Malerne brand, as well as quite a bit of contradictory information on the ‘Net. (Including on this site.) ;)

Kim has this page with info, photos, and links on his Doctor Sax site. Meanwhile over on All Experts, Grant Koeller replied to someone’s question about an Evette Schaeffer horn with this answer.

If this shiny looking Acme alto floats your boat, you have until April 22 to get your bid in.

Bidding is to start at $650.00. However, there were no bids yet at the time of writing.

…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!

Acme Saxophones

A few weeks ago I jokingly wrote a line in a post that went like this:

We’ve all seen the ads on eBay that read something like this (and usually always in capital letters because we have to be yelled at to get the point I guess): RARE, ONE OF A KIND, VINTAGE, ACME SAXOPHONE. JUST LIKE WYLIE E. COYOTE USED AGAINST THE ROADRUNNER. FELL OF THE BACK OF THE PICK UP. BUT IT’S OK NOW!!! BUY IT NOW PRICE ONLY $2500!!!!

I thought I was making something up. I had no idea that there was ever a saxophone made and marketed under the name of “Acme”. Well yesterday, after replying to a comment from a reader, I found out differently, when he sent me a link to an Acme tenor currently up for auction on eBay

    Source: eBay.com

    Source: eBay.com

    Source: eBay.com

Now I’ll be the first to admit when I don’t know something. When it comes to vintage saxes, while I do know a lot, there’s quite a bit that I don’t know, and obviously Acme is something that slipped past my radar screen altogether.

After a bit of research yesterday morning, I found out that Acme was indeed a stencil made by the French saxophone maker Malerne. Through saxpics.com I found a gallery of Acme saxophone photos, which would indicate that this horn is indeed a Malerne stencil.

I have managed to find very little information about the Malerne brand of saxophones however. According to Pete, the man formerly known as Sax Pics, Malerne’s pro lines were the Buffet Dynaction and Super Dynaction. Therefore anything with the Malerne name itself, or a stencil name such as Acme, was a non-pro horn.

Coincidentally, there is also a fully restored Acme alto for sale on eBay at the moment as well.  

    Source: eBay.com

    Source: eBay.com

    Source: eBay.com

SOTW does have a section dedicated to the Malerne, but it is thin on information, and there is nothing really about Acme, except a thread from 2003 located in the misc brand section.

I can’t help it, despite now knowing that there really was an Acme saxophone, in my mind I still mostly associate the name Acme with this guy…

I guess I’m just a product of too many Saturday AMs watching the Bugs Bunny & Road Runner Show.

…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!