AK Hüttl
AK Hüttl
Or, if you prefer, AK Huttl.

I've never seen a Huttl that wasn't a Hammerschmidt stencil, like the example below. So, check out the Hammerschmidt page!
This is one of the makes under the VEB - B&S label. That's short for "Volkseigener Betrieb - Blechblas & Signalinstrumentenfabrik." The first part is translated, "Nationally Owned Enterprise." The second part is the "B&S" of the B&S saxophone world. It's translated as, "Brass Instruments and Signal-Factory."

"VEB Sächsische Musikinstrumentenfabrik Klingenthal" is a company formed after WWII. VMI, "Vogtländische Musikinstrumentenfabrik," was the successor to VEB. The successor to VEB is TA-Musik, which was succeded by JA Musik, which was succeded by Wenzel Meinl GmbH, which was succeded by B&S GmbH.

Because of all the mergers, there are a billion different marques under VEB-B&S and VMI: Hess, Max B. Martin, Johannes Scherzer, Reichelt, Schuster, Uebel, Hüller, Mönnig, Akustik, Weltklang, etc. (Information from here, here and here.)

This model was originally under the Sächs - Musikinstrumente "brand" (the name is generally stamped on the bell-to-bow ring). I think this model name became the brand name, much like the HN White King model became its own brand.

General or Make & Model Information Other Picture Galleries Modern Website(s) SOTW History Article
Bassic-Sax.ca Keilwerth/Amati Article Bassic-Sax Pix
Saxpics.com Amati-Denak, s.r.o.
B and S
B and S
table { font-size: small; } General Info Other Galleries Modern Website(s) Web Forums Reviews Saxwelt.de (German)
B&S Saxophones (SOTW) Bassic-Sax Pix
USAHorn.com B & S Group SOTW
Saxwelt.de Forum (German) Guardala Earth Tone Tenor
LA Sax Tenor
Series 2001 Alto
Series 2001 Tenor
(All from SH Woodwinds)
After Germany's reunification in 1989, B&S transitioned from a State-owned company to a private enterprise.
Their name changed from VEB Blechblas-und Signal-Instrumenten-Fabrik to Vogtländische Musikinstrumentenfabrik GmbH (VMI).

See Helen's blog for more information.
Benedikt Eppelsheim
Bohland & Fuchs
C Wurlitzer MIGMA
C Wurlitzer MIGMA
AKA Clemens Wurlitzer
CA Wunderlich Stencils
CA Wunderlich Stencils

Translated and transliterated from the www.saxofonservis.eu website:

Carl August Wunderlich (1826-1911) began in 1854 with the production of brass instruments under the brand CEA. 

At the end of the 19th century, the company in Siebenbrunn (bordering Markneukirchen), the company switched to selling different types of musical instruments via the wholesale market [ed. I think we could call this "stenciling"].

In the first half of the twentieth century, Wunderlich was one of the major wholesalers in Vogtland. The company existed until 1966. Wunderlich also sold the copyrighted Hüller trumpet with top-operated rotary valves. (DRGM recognition received on September 4, 1929, number 1,088,742.)

About the "Naked Lady" Engraving

According to a post on www.saxophonforum.de, the engraving of a nude female standing on a globe and holding something over her head was supposedly a signature engraving style from Fritz Reichel. The engraving itself is called, "Die Frauengestalt," which is translated to, simply, "The Female Figure."

Supposedly, Fritz Reichel did engraving for several companies in the Vogtland area.

According to posters on www.museum-markneukirchen.de, Fritz Reichel also created the logo for ALPIMA in 1945, which was a stringed instrument business. It's possible that this is the logo he created -- I've not been able to find newer examples of ALPIMA instruments.

One of the hits I got when searching Google was a genealogy page. The location does fit as do the above comments about ALPIMA. Therefore, it's probable that it's the same person and Fritz Reichel was born in 1882 and died in 1945.

My thanks to Helen from Bassic-Sax.info for her assistance in helping me get this far into the story.

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