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Woodwind Serial Numbers and Make/Model Information
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ALEXANDRE (SELMER)
WT ARMSTRONG
ARTLEY
B&S
BEAUGNIER (see also Vito and Leblanc)
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BOOSEY AND HAWKES
Note
BUESCHER
Note
BUFFET-CRAMPON (see also EVETTE-SCHAEFFER)
Note
BUNDY (incl. SIGNET)
Note
CANNONBALL SAXOPHONES
CLEVELAND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
CG CONN
COUESNON
For all instruments prior to appx. 1937, there is a grenade fruit with a number inside it stamped on the horn. That number is the year of manufacture.
CUNDY - BETTONEY
DISTIN
DOLNET
Peter EATON
EVETTE-SCHAEFFER (see also BUFFET-CRAMPON)
FOX
Wm. S. HAYNES
Wilhelm HECKEL
Frank HOLTON
JUPITER
Brua C. KEEFER
Note
Julius KEILWERTH (and H-COUF)
Note
KING (HN WHITE)
KOHLERT
Note
LA SAX
A. LAUBIN
G. LEBLANC
Note
LINTON
F. LORÉE (CABART)
L. LOT
R. MALERNE
MARIGAUX (see also SML)
MARTIN BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY
MONANZI
NOBLET (see also LEBLANC)
NORMANDY (see also LEBLANC)
FE OLDS
L. PIERRET
Verne Q. POWELL
G. PRUEFER
PUCHNER
FA REYNOLDS
RIGOUTAT
L. ROSSI
RUDALL & ROSE
A. SAX
SELMER (PARIS)
SELMER (USA)
SML (Strasser-Marigaux-Lemaire)
Note
VITO
Note
YAMAHA
Note
YANAGISAWA
JW YORK
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Beaugnier:

If you decided to play around with the serial numbers on http://www.doctorsax.biz/beaugnier_ser_nos.htm, note that he doesn't differentiate between the Leblanc System (two/three versions), Rationale (whichever spelling you wish) and Semi Rationale (two versions).

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Boosey and Hawkes:

1. Boosey and Hawkes is a combination of the Boosey company and the Hawkes company. Hawkes produced their own instruments, for a time, and combined with Boosey in the 1930s. Boosey and Hawkes have been, since that time, sheet music producers and importers.

2. A lot of the saxophones stamped "Boosey and Hawkes" are stencil instruments. To read more about stencils, please read my article HERE.

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Keefer:

The vast majority of saxophones stamped "Keefer" are stencils.

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Buescher:

Horns stamped "The Buescher Band Instrument Company" from the 1920's are stencils, as are the modern BU-series of horns available from Selmer, and follow different serial number charts.

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Buffet-Crampon:

1. A small, but significant, percentage of all Buffet and/or Evette-Schaeffer woodwinds in the 1900-1930 range (or so) were Conn stencils and do not have Buffet serial numbers. In the 1990's, Keilwerth stenciled a saxophone for Buffet called the "Expression" and that model has a Keilwerth serial number.

2. The modern Buffet 400 (and similar) are Asian-made and do not follow these serial number charts.

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Bundy:

1. The Bundy in question here is from approximately 1950 to date. Earlier horns were a mixture of Conn and Buescher stencils.

2. For a brief time, Bundy and Bundy Special saxophones were available from Keilwerth, are stamped "Made in Germany" and have a Keilwerth serial number.

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Julius Keilwerth:

Except for the ST-90 I and EX-90 I and II, the ST-90 and EX-90 were not made by Keilwerth and probably do not have Keilwerth serial numbers. For a chart of those models, see THIS.

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Kohlert:

The modern Kohlert instruments are made in China or Taiwan. Their serial number format is completely different. The serial numbers listed here are for the German/Czech made instruments.

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LeBlanc:

Leblanc does not give out serial number charts. If you ask them, EXCESSIVELY NICELY, about a serial number off a horn you own, they might tell you when it was made.

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SML:

1. The SML A400/T400 are Asian-made stencils not made under the authority of SML and are not included in this chart.

2. Some very early SML saxophones were stencils. There are also occasional late-model stencils. For further info, click HERE.

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Vito:

Vito saxophones have been made by Vito (Wisconsin), Beaugnier, Leblanc, Yamaha, Jupiter and Yanagisawa. Keep this in mind when attempting to date your instrument.

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Yamaha:

These serial numbers are probably only for the Vito labeled YAS-21/25 (not 23; the 25 was the stenciled model) stencils. However, these serials might apply to all Yamaha instruments.

The standard info on Yamaha serial numbers is that they are not sequential and you need to contact Yamaha directly for information.

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