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    Introduction to Couturier

    by  • May 25, 2010 • EA Couturier

    This section was prompted by a comment on The Woodwind Forum. There are at least two American manufacturers of saxophones in the 1920’s (and somewhat earlier) that very little is written about: Couturier and JW York. Interestingly, these two makes intersect at some point, too. While I do have confirmation that Couturier definitely did...

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    Jessen G Mezzo Soprano

    by  • May 23, 2010 • Jessen

    This is, unquestionably, my favorite new saxophone. ┬áNot because of the way it looks — although it’s a very interesting look — but because the tone is a nice compromise between the soprano and the alto, rather similar to that of the Conn-O-Sax. Below is an excerpt from the interview with Mr. Jessen I...

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    by  • May 19, 2010 • Grafton Acrylic Alto

    The nice thing about the Grafton Acrylic Alto is that it’s extraordinarily well documented. If you want to read some very nice, in-depth histories, check out the articles by Wally Horwood (Archive.org Link) and Dave Gelly. Bottom line is that the Grafton Acrylic Alto was the world’s first “professional” plastic saxophone — others were...

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