After the fall of the Berlin wall, VEB Blechblas- und Signal-Instrumenten-Fabrik (B&S) transitioned into the Vogtländische Musikinstrumentenfabrik GmbH Markneukirchen (VMI). Some sections of the national corporation that had been appropriated by the government were liberated once more, while others—such as Hüller—were closed down. After this point in time, VMI only produced standard brass instruments such as horns, trombones, tubas, trumpets, and saxophones.
Despite the company’s return to private ownership, VMI continued producing both Weltklang and B&S blue label horns for a few more years—some of which I have called transitional. It wasn’t until 1991, when they introduced the 2001 series, that it truly stepped onto the world stage as a saxophone maker.
Sadly, VMI ceased its saxophone production in 2005.
The following pages of my site are dedicated to the various models of saxophones that VMI made that really did propel them to the top of the saxophone producing stage for a very brief moment in time—as well as the lesser models that came along for the ride.
***Please note, this section is a work in progress. As the page are created, the links below will become active.***
Pro model Vogtländische Musikinstrumentenfabrik GmbH Markneukirchen (VMI) horns
Intermediate & student lines
Stencils of both pro & non-pro models