American Makes & Models
Asian Bass Sax Manufacturers
Asian Bass Sax Manufacturers
With so many different brands of new, Asian-made bass saxophones currently on the market, some people might be surprised to find out that there are only 2 companies that make all these horns.
Asian Stencil Horns
Asian Stencil Horns
(Helen) These horns all have something in common: they come from either China or Taiwan, and from unknown manufacturers. Unlike the vintage saxophones made by the American companies of yesteryear, or European companies like J. Keilwerth and Pierret, today's Asian-made saxophones are cloaked in secrecy.

Who makes these horns? Most times this is not known, and many dealers won't tell you who their stencil manufacturer is. Why this secrecy? That's a really good question. Dealers give all kinds of supposed reasons for this secrecy, but none really make sense when you consider that in the past, a horn's pedigree was not classified as "need to know only basis".

In any event, given the amount of these horns that are flooding the marketplace, I thought it was fitting that at least a few of them end up in this gallery.
Belgian Makes & Models
Brazilian Makes & Models
Custom Horns
English Makes & Models
French Makes & Models
French Makes & Models
(Pete) There are a couple of websites that have a bunch more French manufacturers on them than I list here. I can't recommend them highly enough:

Luthier Vents. It's in French, but there's a link to use Google Translate. The webmaster can also read and write in English.
ARCHIVES MUSIQUE, FACTEURS, MARCHANDS, LUTHIERS. Also in French. You might want to use Chrome with the auto-translate feature.

Please note that both websites do not concentrate on saxophones, but on all French-made instruments. So don't complain to them or me :D.