Until April 2010 I had never heard of the brand Lipson before. But one glance at the those distinctive acrylic key guards, fins for the neck guard as well as key shapes, and I immediately knew I was looking at yet another Hammerschmidt-stencilled saxophone. What’s interesting is that both this alto and tenor were for sale in Scandinavia: the alto in Sweden, and the tenor in Norway. It almost makes me wonder if Hammerschmidt built Lipson for a music store chain in Scandinavia.
This alto appears to have its original ligature, and perhaps original mouthpiece as well. The ligature is identical to the one that came with my Hammerschmidt-stencilled Hüttl.
What is interesting is that despite both Lipson saxophones having acrylic key guards (although the tenor appears to missing its low B/Bb one), neither is a full-pearl model. In other words, neither has mother of pearl on all its key touches—a feature that we usually see on the Hammerschmidt saxophones with the acrylic guards.
Thank you to Thomas Fyledal who contacted me about the Lipson. Thomas himself owns a lovely nickel plated Klingsor tenor.
Because the of the size of the various vintage saxophone galleries on my site—and the lack of their searchability—I have created a separate area of my site called Bassic Sax Pix. Bassic Sax Pix allows you to find what you’re looking for quickly and easily. I have therefore stopped updating the individual Hammerschmidt and Hammerschmidt Stencil galleries here, and have copied all of the information already contained in these galleries over to the Hammerschmidt galleries at Bassic Sax Pix.
New Hammerschmidt and Hammerschmidt stencil horn images continue to be added regularly to the galleries at Bassic Sax Pix. If you are looking for photos of Hammerschmidt stencil horns, I recommend you jump to the bigger, and more searchable galleries. Fear not however, I will continue to add more stencil names to this list as I find them. They will just link to the new galleries.