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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Vogtländische Musikinstrumentenfabrik GmbH Markneukirchen (VMI) Update

It was just over a year ago when I announced on this blog that I was undertaking a major new portion on my website: a section dedicated to the Vogtländische Musikinstrumentenfabrik GmbH Markneukirchen (VMI). VMI is what the VEB that manufactured the B&S, AKA blue label, and Weltklang saxophones morphed …

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Ever Heard Of A Strathmann Non-Stick G# Key?

Unless you’ve read Uwe Ladwig’s book, Saxofone: Ein Kompendium—which requires you be able to read German—or you have read any of the modern B&S pages on my website, there is likely no reason that you would have heard of the Strathmann non-stick G# key. It is arguably one of best, …

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