Updated: Stencil Saxophones Names & Links

The other day I did a massive update of the Stencil Saxophones Names & Links page on my website, because for the last 10 months—I can’t believe that I first created that chart nearly a year ago!—I have been collecting saxophone stencil names by the dozens, and adding them to…

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Artsy, saxy, sexy C mel pic

A few weeks ago a SOTW Facebook discussion degenerated into middle school-level conversation, after someone posted the following vintage photo. Now let me state upfront that I know nothing about this photo’s backstory. This of course leaves me with a boat-load of unanswered questions. Questions such as: When was this…

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Cavalier Saxophones

I must admit that I had never heard of Cavalier saxophones before I looked at this 1931 catalogue from the Chicago Musical Instruments company. Given I have spent the more than 15 years now researching vintage saxophones, I found this odd. So I did some research about the brand, and…

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How Can You Tell A C Melody From A Bb Tenor Sax?

Martin King Vintage Catalogue Pages Buescher Conn Alto-shaped Tenor-shaped Pan American Conclusion It’s happened to quite a few saxophone buyers on eBay: they thought that they were buying a vintage tenor, but when the saxophone arrived, it turned out to be a C melody instead. This raises the question: How…

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Vintage American Saxophones

Two vintage American saxophones get the star treatment Over the last few days I have been quite busy taking photos and keeping both my Machinery and Photoshop skills refreshed. Over the weekend I took bunches of photos of two very interesting horns: one mine, the other belongs to a friend’s…

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