Nope. Conn, Buescher, Martin (and I'm sure more) all had the B/Bb on opposite sides of the bell in their earlier models. Then it seems it became standard to have both on the left side (as you hold the horn) and I'd guess around the late 30's to early 40's, most manufacturers switched to having both on the RH side. Keep in mind that many student models of horns (Selmer/Bundy for example) still had them on the LH side of the bell well into the 70's.So I take it having bell keys on opposite sides wasn't unique to any particular maker? Was the next development a consistent move to both keys inside, or some brands to inside and other to outside?
Good eye, mate. What I can see of engraving suggests Holton as well...The bottom one looks like a Buescher C Melody. The other horn (alto) has a tear drop front F, which probably means Holton.
Myeah...still one of my favorite sax details. Aesthetically symmetrical (generally speaking), I always liked that.Opposing bell toneholes started disappearing in the 30's. Prior to that, just about all the American vintage horns had them.
I am not certain Selmer really was the first to do it. I have seen, for example, Keilwerths and Kohlerts within a year of the first year of the Balanced Actions which had right-side bellkeys. FWIW....I could be wrong, but I always thought the right-side bell pads were first associated with the Selmer Balanced Action models. Soon, everyone was switching over to the right side.
I have a '25 King alto and a Buescher C-Mel with the opposing bell pads (some call them "clappers") and several that passed through my closet were similarly designed. My Big B Aristocrat alto and my Cigar Cutter alto have the left-side bell pads, as does my Yanagisawa curved soprano (SC902).
None of that seems to matter much as to playability. DAVE
Seein' as no one seems ready to mount a rescue operation, I guess 1saxman pretty much nailed it: these particular horns are probably right where they ought to be— on a shelf in a museum. Which BTW is on Monhegan Island, about ten miles off the coast of Maine.Lamp material.