Distinguished SOTW Member
I tend to agree with you. :bluewink:Again, I obviously am in the minority among saxophonists.
Certainly they played on them....they had no choice before 1935.Don't forget that from the 1850s until 1936, every saxophone player on earth played a sax with the "old style" keywork. Virtuosi such as:
H. Benne Henton
and many many others had no problem at all coping with the ergonomics of these instruments.
But, as many on your list later played on the modern system, the modern system clearly was preferable to them.
Also, ask yourself the question "Why is the Selmer system now universally used"?