A Globemaster Luxus By Max Keilwerth

I was in my tech’s shop the other day, and had the chance to unpack a very special horn that was sent to him for repair: a Max Keilwerth-made Globermaster Luxus alto serial, # 56XX. This horn arrived all the way from New York State because the owner was willing…

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Saxophones Can Be Family Heirlooms

From working instruments to meaningful heirlooms: How saxophones can be a meaningful part of a family’s history On Tuesday night I was at rehearsal with the Moonliters—the Big Band I play with—and we had a substitute tenor player sitting in. Jeff (not his real name) mentioned to me that the…

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Toneking 3000 Straight Alto Saxophone

Yesterday I noticed a JK straight alto on eBay. Now that in itself is not that unusual, since straight altos by Keilwerth pop up on eBay on a regular basis. However, those are SX90R models, therefore modern saxophones. The sax that I noticed on eBay yesterday is a different animal…

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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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