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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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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Meinel & Herold: Vintage German Saxophones

There is a curious little alto on eBay ATM. This Meinel & Herold alto saxophone may be bordering on the antique range of the vintage spectrum. (Meaning that it might be close to 100 years old. It’s hard to say.) This Meinel & Herold alto saxophone is a very, very simple …

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