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Welcome to the 6th incarnation of Bassic-Sax.ca—now Bassic-Sax.info—home to one of the largest saxophone sites on the Net. all totalled, this site is around 47,000 pages! With new pages added almost daily by either myself or Pete Hales. Yes, you read that right, Pete Hales.

Bassic Sax Pix & The Sax.info Gallery are now one

Well known saxophone historian, and all around really nice guy, Pete Hales, and I have been working together on a number of projects for years. A couple of years ago when it became obvious that both of our websites would benefit from VPS space, we decided to become virtual room mates. The next logical step was to combine our efforts, and rather than duplicate much of the information in our saxophone galleries, we opted to combine our galleries into one large one. With that rather simple decision, Bassic Sax Pix & The Sax.info Gallery was born.

The Bassic Sax Blog hits a milestone

2018 was a momentous year for the Bassic Sax Blog. I let May 13, 2018 pass in obscurity rather than with fireworks, but is was on that date 10 years ago, that I published my first blog post on The Bassic Sax Blog.

The first post was nothing exciting, and it took some time for the Bassic Sax Blog to find its footing. Nonetheless, 2018 was a milestone year for one of the first [the first?] saxophone weblogs ever created, which as of December 26, 2018, has reached 1,153,437 readers in last 5 years alone.

What you’ll find on the various sections of Bassic-sax.info

Since my love is vintage saxophones, they are very well represented on Bassic-sax.info. I have focused a lot on European saxes, and specifically, ones of German origin. I’ve opted to write about the brand names that are rather uncommon, and for which very little has previously been written in English.

Bassic Sax is the home for definitive info on brands such as: Hammerschmidt, Dörfler & Jörka, the Hohner President, H. CoufMax Keilwerth, Akustik, Weltklang, and B&S AKA Blue Label—just to name some.

Although my focus is vintage horns, certain modern, German horns are of great interest to me as well. In particular, the saxophones that B&S made post-unification were previously not well researched and written about. With the modern horns of B&S section, those too are now extremely well documented and illustrated on my website.

The Bassic Sax Blog—which some people have thought is a site unto itself—is really just a part of Bassic-Sax.info. As of December 26 2018, there are 2.095 published posts, in 67 categories, with 423 tags.

The gallery portion of my site, Bassic Sax Pix, is a catalogue of images that Pete and I have chosen that represent some of the most interesting, unique, beautiful, or important saxophones ever made. As of December 26, 2019, Bassic Sax Pix is home to 43,846 images in 4246 albums, with lots more on the way.

No matter how you look at it, that’s a whole lotta’ sax all in one place! And I am far from finished. As you go look through this, the main portion of Bassic Sax, you’ll stumble across sections that I’m still in the process of working on.

I sincerely hope you enjoy Bassic Sax, and just as importantly, find it useful. If you have any questions, comments, or input, please feel free to send me an email. A link to my email is located at the top, right side and bottom of each page of the site.

Copyright info

All the images on this site are copyrighted! Individual images, audio and video clips, written texts, etc, may have their own copyright. The original creator of these works maintains any copyright. Use of any of the files on this site without prior permission of the copyright holder is strictly prohibited. If you feel that any content is in violation of copyright, please contact me.

For permission to use any of my personal images (those clearly watermarked with a copyright Bassic Sax), please send me a request. I am very generous with my permissions, and I rarely deny those who ask me politely if they can use my images.

Navigational aids

In order to help you navigate your way around this rather large site better, there are 2 things to make your travels easier:

  1. There are navigational breadcrumbs for you. You’ll find them just below the top navigation bar. They will appear as soon as you leave this Home Page.
  2. At the top right of screen you’ll also find a search button.

Plans for 2019

  • First and foremost I want to get the H. Couf Superba I  and II pages done. Also I will do something around Royalist models. Not sure what yet, but I’ll do something.
  • Also in 2019, I’d like to finish up the section on the modern horns of B&S. I will add a couple of pages on the Series 1000, which was the German-made intermediate model horn, as well as the foreign-made Series 500 and 600 student horns.
  • After doing very little work on Bassic Sax Pix, and basically leaving it up to Pete to do all the heavy lifting, I am going to make a serious effort to transfer the bulk of my images from my old to my new gallery. (Yes, it still exists.) This is really a ton of work that has to be manually, which is why I have been rather AWOL from the whole task of late. My New Year’s resolution around my site is to get my ass in gear and actually get it done before 2020.
  • As for my Bassic Sax Blog, that will continue as before, with interesting and topical articles as time permits. Gone are the days when I can write daily articles. The level of work required to maintain a website of this size is incredible, so much of the time I used to be able to spend in the course of the morning researching and writing an article, is now spent on maintenance. That said,  I am however, really pleased with the quality of the articles that I have managed to produce over the past year. Some of them have had the highest readership of any of the articles I published in the Bassic Sax Blog’s 10 year history.

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