The F. X. Hüller company was started by Franz Xaver Hüller in Graslitz. There, in the early 1920s, Hüller began building saxophones under the guidance of Max Keilwerth. Max was of course the brother of Julius, and would later go to work for Hohner in Germany where he developed the Hohner President saxophones. However, early on in his career, Max was instrumental in the development of F.X. Hüller’s saxophone department.
F.X. Hüller built saxophones for nearly 25 years—until the company was integrated into the Amati collective. During that 25 year period, F.X. Hüller made 4 models of saxophones. They were the base model Champion; the intermediate level World model; the professional model World Super; and the top of the line model, the World De Luxe.
Franz Hüller died in 1936, and after that the company was run by his daughters, Susanna Riedl and Philipine Modl. After the war Philipine’s husband built a factory for brass instruments. This new factory was located in Neustadt/Aisch, Germany. Everything that remained in Graslitz after WWII was absorbed into the collective that became known as Amati.
F.X. Hüller saxophones are quite rare, and do not appear for sale very often. This rather stunning example of their top of the line World De Luxe model, popped up on eBay in September 2010.
To see more examples of F.X. Hüller saxophone images that I have collected, check out the F.X. Hüller gallery in my Bassic Sax Pix site.
Note: The main source of information for this page is from Uwe Ladwig, in der deutschen Fachzeitschrift—German music journal—SONIC sax & brass.
I would like to thank Uwe for so generously allowing me to use his research, and very much appreciate the trust he has shown by allowing me to do my own translation.