Dating a blessing saxophone
Conn-Selmer is also the North American distributor of Henri Selmer Paris woodwinds and the U.
After performing professional engagements with Sousa’s great band, Frank Holton opened up a small shop in Chicago in 1896, selling second hand instruments and his secret recipe of Electric Oil trombone slide oil.
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For example, the record shows that all of the recorded Adolphe Sax instrument sales between 1940-1941 were from instruments already manufactued between 1931-36.
There is a fairly detailed record of these instruments recorded in a log book in the Selmer archives in Paris up to 1936 through serial number ~1364. Instruments manufactured after 1936 range in serial number from ~1350-3600. By comparing early verses later instruments, it becomes clear that some Adolphe Sax Selmer saxophones were assembled from the old Adolphe Sax tooling and other were put togther using parts and tooling from the Selmer St.
Production of top line professional instruments continued to grow.
“Blessing is a brand we can trust and gives us peace of mind. Conn-Selmer, under a portfolio of brands, is the leading manufacturer and distributor of musical instruments for student, amateur and professional use.With a tradition of innovation, and superior musical performance, brands such as Vincent Bach, C. Conn, King, Holton, Selmer, Armstrong, Leblanc, Ludwig, Musser, and Scherl & Roth, have earned a legacy of respect unparalleled by any other builders. Manufacturing of Holton instruments was retained in Elkhorn, Wisconsin until 2008 when it was relocated to Eastlake, Ohio.
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