• Saxophone

    Martin Info

    by  • May 25, 2012 • Martin, Saxophone

    Now for something a little different. A few weeks ago, I got a few e-mails from Chris Holtz, a grandson of Fred Holtz, head of Martin Band thru the 30’s and 40’s.  Unfortunately, when I got his e-mails, I was sick and heavily medicated.  I then proceeded to forget about his e-mails until he sent...

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    Early Conns: Horns Before 1916 …

    by  • March 26, 2012 • Conn, Wonder Improved

    I had an e-mail conversation with Mark Overton (of saxophone.org and saxquest.com) regarding the earliest Conns.  He pointed out some things that are interesting and confusing and some inaccuracies I made on my original Conn pages on saxpics.com.  I decided it’d be something that I should give more attention to, so I’m writing here....

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    Conn Altos Throughout the Years

    by  • March 12, 2012 • Conn

    O.  Hai, folks. I’m testing out something that sort-of interests me a bit.  I’ve always enjoyed my “throughout the years” series for a couple of reasons: first, I don’t have to do too much research other than to *find* the pics and, second, I get to see a lot more pretty horns.  Another reason,...

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    The Buffet-Powell Saxophones

    by  • February 21, 2012 • Buffet

    This is a re-write with the standard “50% more”! Actually, Helen at the Bassic Sax Blog asked me to write a bit of an update for the page I wrote for saxpics.com several years ago, as the current page is missing some of the information and links that I had.  Also, Powell is coming...

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    The Saga of the Curved Baritone

    by  • December 19, 2011 • Misc., Saxophone

    Many years ago I came across an interesting picture.  It was described as a “curved F baritone.”  I’ve only seen one other curved saxophone, outside Bb/C/Eb sopranos, in one place:  A. Sax’s patent drawing.  I had also heard the rumor that all of A. Sax’s prototypes were C basses in this shape, so I...

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