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Recently got one interesting B&S tenor.
http://photofile.ru/users/silver-sax/3047929/63412111/


It has a few differences (Features) from usual vintage (to 1990) B&S saxophones:

1. Keygard for C#;
2. “Modern” Thumb Hook;
3. Sheet gard (left side of bell);
4. Design of F# key.
5. Selmer type metal strap on the bell near a “Blue Label” (this sax has brass label – not blue) between the bell and body.
 

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Very interesting! Looks like an ordinary "Blue Label" body tube but the bell key axles are very different because the posts are mounted on the bell. The bell keys appear to have different mechanics. Would you post a pic of the left hand pinky cluster?
The vertical alignment of the high F# and alternate F# keys is not like other "Blue Labels" that I've seen. What is the engraving? How does this play?
cool horn! :cool:
 

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B&S didn't exist prior to the 1990 it was in fact then that the Weltklang factory changed their name to B&S so how could there be a vintage B&S?
If it was produced at that factory was a East German Weltklang. I have read many times that Weltklang had produced a plethora of stencils with many names and had a good working relationship with Amati too for certain horns, possibly the baritons only.
 

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Milandro,
I think it was actually the other way around...that is, B&S produced "Weltklang" saxophones. The company VEB Blechblas- und Signal-Instrumenten-Fabrik was formed in East Germany shortly after WWII, apparently from several former German (Vogtland?) woodwind manufacturers. They produced several brands of saxophones including "Weltklang". Later (maybe 60s-70s?) they began producing a new "top model" under the marque "B&S". These were the so-called "Blue Label" horns, so named because they had a bell brace with a blue enameled(?) B&S logo. I've read that they was produced mostly for the export market as one way for the DDR to gain much wanted western cash.
After the reunification, the "new" B&S was formed.
 

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cheers!
 

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Nice!

Keep us informed with your
progress, please! I would very
much like to know how this horn
plays.
 

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20 years ago (in Soviet Union) I saw silver B&S tenor (blue label) in music shop. Price was as my profit for two months !
 

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I had a blue label for a couple years and may of actually bought it from Silver Sax as it was shipped from a dealer in Europe and he sems to have a knack for digging up the early B&S hrons. It was a really nice horn that subtoned like no other tenor I've played. I replaced with an Allora B&S sand finish that has a very similar core tone but slightly improved ergos. That and I got tired of polishing silver plated horns!!! If like the blue label I had it could be a great sounding horn.
 

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Jerry K. said:
I had a blue label for a couple years and may of actually bought it from Silver Sax as it was shipped from a dealer in Europe and he sems to have a knack for digging up the early B&S hrons. It was a really nice horn that subtoned like no other tenor I've played. I replaced with an Allora B&S sand finish that has a very similar core tone but slightly improved ergos. That and I got tired of polishing silver plated horns!!! If like the blue label I had it could be a great sounding horn.
Hey Jerry...I take it you decided not to sell it then?
 

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Still hanging onto my Allora tenor for now. I actually got very sidetracked with a surgery that turned into 2, a couple stays in the hospital, and I'm just now getting back to work (today) and an almost normal life after 6 weeks. Once I make up my mind I will post a notice here first with images, details, etc...

Cheers,
Jerry
 
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