Vintage bass saxes are finicky beasts that are temperamental at best. But when they work well, there is nothing like the sound of them. They have a particular resonance to them that immediately identifies them for what they are: Amazing pieces of vintage—or antique in some cases—metal; carefully and painstakingly handcrafted, that have the ability to cause a very intense vibration in both the player, and his or her surroundings.
This section of my website will eventually provide an overview of the main manufacturers who used to make bass saxophones. These saxophones, for the most part, would have been produced before the 1930s.