For years the answer to the question why so many extreme horns are made in South American eluded me. That is until I spoke to someone who was importing some of these horns into North America. According to him, it is because many of the churches in South America use saxophones instead of pipe organs for their services.
I don’t know whether this is 100% accurate or not, or whether other factors are at play or not as well. However, whatever the case there is no denying that J’Élle Stainer Saxophones, as well as those made by Galassine, have a unique place in current bass—and lower—saxophone production.