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

The vast majority of Huttl saxophones are Hammerschmidt stencils, like the example below. So, check out the Hammerschmidt page!

Quoting from Horn-U-Copia:

Anton Konrad Huttl started his company in 1877. Huttl Logo Early in the 20th century, they produced brass telescopic instruments, in which the conical tubing was replaced with a series of cylindrical sections gradually increasing the diameter. The company received awards. (1878 Paris, 1880 Melbourne, 1901 Copenhagen-Stockholm, 1902 Decín, 1903 Ústí nad Labem, 1903 Osaka, 1910 Buenos Aires). The company advertised in 1913 that they had the largest most modern factory in Austria-Hungary and Germany.

In 1945, the company was Nationalized, and they relocated to South Wales. In 1954 the company moved to Baiersdorf.

Huttl also had a factory in Canada that closed down around 1975-6. It primarily assembled, buffed and lacquered horns made from parts sent from Germany. Those horns were marked, Western Germany, presumably for Baiersdorf, Germany.

The assets were then purchased by the Chris Kratt Instrument Company which was an import business marketing Huttl instruments. They supposedly continued to make instruments as before but without the Huttl label. In 1979, The factory ceased to exist.

The Huttl trademark expired in the U.S. in 1988.
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.

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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
(Helen) This sax is a real head-scratcher. Whoever built it, it certainly wasn't Buescher—the same Buescher that made the True Tones, Aristocrats, et al.

Pete Hales and I have discussed this horn, and neither he or I really came up with any solid leads on this tenor's origins. Was it made for Buescher by someone? But who? Was there some other company out there using the Buescher name? You'd think by now a few more horns would have turned up. What's interesting is that this sax showed up in Germany. Whatever this sax is, it is certainly an oddball.

(Pete) The closest contender to who made this is probably Kohlert, but the horn has left side bell keys and such an extremely low serial number for Kohlert, that it's really easy to eliminate that as a possibility. It essentially has a characteristic of several makes/models, but some other characteristic says "nope."

If anyone out there has a suggestion, I'd like to hear about it! You can reach me at pete@thesax.info.
C Wurlitzer MIGMA
C Wurlitzer MIGMA
AKA Clemens Wurlitzer