OTHER SAXOPHONE MAKERS

AMATI

Country of manufacture : Czech Republic
Production span : 1945-

Amati Denak saxophones have an outstanding reputation for intonation and ability to stay in tune.
They are considered to be undervalued in the used instrument market.
The vintage Amati saxophones are known in general to have a sweet tone.
Amati was deeply tied in/grew out of Keilwerth, and there's a lot of info under other makers like Keilwerth.

Some of the most popular models are :
Toneking
Classic
Classic- Super Classic
Classic Deluxe


Amati Super Classic


LINKS

Amati Instrument Manufacturer - The History
(by Dennis Gazarek)



BUFFET

Country of manufacture : France
Production span : 1866-

Buffet Crampon et Compagnie is perhaps most famous for their clarinets.
The saxophones are known in general to have very dark tone and great workmanship.

Some of the most popular models are :
Super Dynaction
S1


Buffet Crampon S1 Prestige


LINKS

Buffet Crampon homepage



COUESNON

Country of manufacture : France
Production span : 1882-1980

Couesnon was "estabished" in 1882 and was one of the grand French names in brass and
among one of the several "conglomerates" of small French manufacturers.
 
Their main facility burned in 1969, taking with it all the archives, serial numbers lists, e.t.c.
Couesnon pretty much disappeared in the 1980's when the contract for distribution of
Couesnon instruments to the United States was termintated.  The company has recently
been reborn as a small limited produciton manufacturer.

Some of the most popular models are :
1900 models (1882-1936)
Monopole Series I (1937-1949)
Monopole Series II (1950-1980)


Couesnon Monopole Series II


LINKS

Review of Couesnon Monopole Series II Tenor
(By Haynes)


DOLNET

Country of manufacture : France
Production span : 1888-1994

Dolnet horns were produced in very small numbers by a small French workshop that specialized in saxes.
Production of saxophones was no more than about 500 horns per year.
The horns are known to be solidly made, are quite jazzy and have a huge lower end.

Some of the most popular models are :
Stencils
Series I
Series II
Bel Air
Imperial
M70
Universal


Dolnet Imperial



LINKS
General description of Dolnet
(By USA horn)

Review Dolnet M70 (Stencil)
(By Haynes)


HOLTON

Country of manufacture : USA
Production span : 1898-1964 (*)

(*) Bought out by Leblanc

The Frank Holton Company of Elkhorn, Wisconsin is one of the earliest saxophone makers, 
They do produce a quite respectable line of brasswinds
as well.
These saxophones are known to have some questionable intonation, odd keywork design
 and arguable sound and
the price level on the market are normally not too high.

Some of the most popular models are :
Rudy Wiedoeft model


Holton siver plate 1915


LINKS

Holton Loyalist


KEILWERTH

Country of manufacture : Germany (*)
Production span : 1925-
(*)
Keilwerth was founded in Czechoslovakia

Keilwerth was involved in much of both the German and Chez. saxophone market.
Keilwerth had associations with Boosey and Hawkes
(before and after they purchased the Keilwerth company),

Selmer, Kohlert, Amati and several other smaller manufacturers
.
Keilwert is considered to be one of the best brands available.

Some of the most popular models are :
New King and Tone King
H- Couf & Armstrong
Peter Ponzol


Keilwerth Model: Modell 1- 1934

LINKS

Keilwerth on Wikipedia


KOHLERT

Country of manufacture : Germany
Production span : 1900-1977

Some of the most popular models are :
VKS Models
Kohlert Models


Kohlert Amati

LINKS


LEBLANC

Country of manufacture : USA
Production span : 1921-

Some of the most popular models are :
LeBlanc Rationale


LeBlanc Rationale


LINKS

Leblanc Corporation History


SML 

Country of manufacture : France
Production span : 1934-1982

Some of the most popular models are :
Coleman Hawkins Series
Rev B
Super Series
Rev C
Rev D
Gold Medal
Standard Models
King Marigaux Stencil

Strasser Marigaux & Lemaire was founded in 1934 by three partners: Charles Strasser, a businessman who
was born in Switzerland; Marigaux, an instrument maker who trained at Buffet-Crampon, and Lemaire.
The SML saxophones are known to have very high quality and good intonation  -- even the Standard models.


SML Gold Medal II

LINKS

SML Most of the story
(By Fred Cicetti)

SML The ongoing story
(By Peter Hales "Sax on the web")



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