(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
CA Wunderlich Stencils
CA Wunderlich Stencils

Translated and transliterated from the www.saxofonservis.eu website:

Carl August Wunderlich (1826-1911) began in 1854 with the production of brass instruments under the brand CEA. 

At the end of the 19th century, the company in Siebenbrunn (bordering Markneukirchen), the company switched to selling different types of musical instruments via the wholesale market [ed. I think we could call this "stenciling"].

In the first half of the twentieth century, Wunderlich was one of the major wholesalers in Vogtland. The company existed until 1966. Wunderlich also sold the copyrighted Hüller trumpet with top-operated rotary valves. (DRGM recognition received on September 4, 1929, number 1,088,742.)

About the "Naked Lady" Engraving

According to a post on www.saxophonforum.de, the engraving of a nude female standing on a globe and holding something over her head was supposedly a signature engraving style from Fritz Reichel. The engraving itself is called, "Die Frauengestalt," which is translated to, simply, "The Female Figure."

Supposedly, Fritz Reichel did engraving for several companies in the Vogtland area.

According to posters on www.museum-markneukirchen.de, Fritz Reichel also created the logo for ALPIMA in 1945, which was a stringed instrument business. It's possible that this is the logo he created -- I've not been able to find newer examples of ALPIMA instruments.

One of the hits I got when searching Google was a genealogy page. The location does fit as do the above comments about ALPIMA. Therefore, it's probable that it's the same person and Fritz Reichel was born in 1882 and died in 1945.

My thanks to Helen from Bassic-Sax.info for her assistance in helping me get this far into the story.

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Carl Kruspe
Dorfler and Jorka
Dorfler and Jorka
(Helen) For details on the brand, see the Dörfler & Jörka info page on the main portion of my site.
Eppelsheim & Reese