Questions & Suggestions

If you’ve got a question, and you’re not sure where to ask it, you can ask it on this page via a comment. If I don’t know the answer to your question, I’ll do my best to research it, and get as much information as I can for you.

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Photo by M. Margison. Photo effects by H. Kahlke ©2008

I get all kinds of questions sent to me via email. As time permits, I’ll get some of those questions that get asked often, and the answers to them of course, posted here as well.

Also, if you have any suggestions for future blog posts, I would love to hear them. Feel free to post your ideas here, or drop me an email.

Perhaps you have a vintage horn with an interesting history that you’d like to tell people about. I’m always open to having you tell your horn’s story on my website. Just get in touch with me, and we’ll figure out the details.

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Photo & photo effects by H. Kahlke © 2009

344 Comments:

  1. I saw a Facebook live video of one of the guys from sax.co.uk playing a P Mauriat bass sax but I can’t find anything else about this horn existing… Do you know anything about this horn? Prototype? Early release?

    • I did some research, and found nothing on P. Mauriat mentioning bass saxophones anywhere.

      Here are my thoughts on this:

      1. We know that P. Mauriat doesn’t make its own saxes, but rather orders them from a factory in Taiwan (probably) or China (not so likely). Therefore it isn’t that far a stretch to imagine that the company might work with either Jinyin (not so likely) or Jinbao (much more likely) to develop a bass saxophone to their exact specifications. Jinbao—the makers of the short, or “French” wrap bass saxes—has a history of working with companies like IW, Oleg, and even J’Elle Stainer to develop horns that are tricked out exactly as the ordering companies want them.
      2. The question that I would have is why would P. Mauriat go down this road? I know for a fact that R&D in this field is very expensive, and unless they figure that they can sell enough of them, why would they bother? Has P. Mauriat done some market research to see if they have a market for bass saxophones with their name on them? Because really, how many bass saxophone players are there in the world? How many potential players are there who aren’t being served by the existing new and used horn market? Very little (almost none really) new music is being written for bass saxophone.
      3. Most professional bass saxophone players in the world are opting for vintage American horns, and if they are well heeled, specifically the Conn 14M keyed to high F. If they want to buy new, they still have the option of buying a J.K. that is vintage American styled, or a Selmer, or an Eppelsheim—which would be my personal choice if I was a working bass player. Not many pro players I know are buying Jinyin or even Jinbao branded horns. These are really more the horns for amateur and weekend warrior types.
      4. Having said all that, I could be totally wrong, and perhaps P. Mauriat is developing a prototype b/c they know something I don’t. Perhaps they have had X # requests coming into their company for bass saxophones and they’ve decided to develop a horn. Who knows, perhaps another Asian manufacturer might even be jumping into the fray and developing one from the ground up. This seems unlikely, but hey, you never know. If the last 12 months have taught me anything, it’s that you can’t count on what you held to be true, to be true any longer.

  2. Marshall E. Norman

    I have an old Acme Artist Alto Sax. I am hoping to have it completely refurbished. It needs complete restoration. Where can I have that done?

    • Hi Marshall. Welcome to my site.

      There are many places that can refurbish your alto for you. Where abouts do you live? Perhaps I can send you to someone fairly close to home.

  3. Hi, I bougth a Vibrato Sax Nude and i want put the Led light like a Ellie Sax. Can you help me please. Thank you.

    • Hi Cinthya.

      Well, that’s a really good question. ellie.sax uses different type of LED light than I have used in saxophones. The type that I have used are a strip, and require electricity. Mine are multi-coloured as well, and provide lighting to saxophone lamp/art project. Like the one that Ellie uses in her sax, I have the LED lights inside the horn.

      However, since she plays her saxophone, the lights have to be 1. Battery powered, and 2. Not interfering with the sound.

      I took a really good look at the photos on her website, and I can’t quite figure out how those lights are attached. They do appear to be inside the sax. But given that she is playing with a professional, smooth jazz sound, I don’t know how she does that.

      I’m wondering if she has Vibratosax make a sax with lights in it specifically for her? Just a thought…

      You could always either write to Ellie herself through her website and ask, or to Vibratosax. I would start with Ellie and see if she would be willing to tell you if the lights are on the inside or outside of the instrument. And if they are on the inside, how they don’t interfere with the sound.

      In the photo on the wedding page, you can see that the lights are very close together, and almost seem to be part of the instrument itself…

  4. Thank you for your fast reply.
    Yes, i know he was just a dealer. But without any mark of any manufacturer, can’t tell who manufactured this horn.
    I would appreciate any help with it.
    I’ll send you pictures of the horn.

    Thank you.

    Regards

  5. Hi.

    Thank you for the information that you provide.

    I’ve bought an alto saxophone of Johannes Adler. It does not have any stencil in the front bell (just from the side Johannes Adler, Markneukirchen I. Sa. 323) and does not have any mark/sign near the thumb rest – not pointing to neither any of the brothers Julius Keilwerth or Max keilwerth. The serial number is: 1544. The bell keys are on the left side.

    Can you help me with some info about it? I would appreciate.

    Thank you.

    Regards

    • Hi Pedro. Welcome to my website.

      Johannes Adler was never a manufacturer of instruments, and only ever ordered them from manufacturers and had their name name “stencilled” on. Although Max Keilwerth is the most common manufacturer that I have seen, there are certainly many others who could have done it as well.

      In order to tell you who might have made the saxophone, I would have to see some photos of it. You can send them to at: bassic.sax.ca@gmail.com

      Regards,

      Helen

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