Saxophones that were built in one of the collectives after WW-II (except for the early Tonekings, which were made by Julius Keilwerth but assembled by Amati, and the more recent horns like the Amati Bravour, B&S Medusa, Guardala and Codera) couldn’t match the quality of their predecessors and were never really able to find a connection with the renowned brands.
As a result, a lot of time passed before people start digging into the Musikwinkel history. Before they did, most pre-war brands from this region were completely forgotten, and are still underestimated because of this.
Compared to the renowned American and French brands the Musikwinkel companies were relatively small. Brands like for instance Conn and Selmer had superb marketing, something small companies simply couldn't afford!
The saying ‘unknown is unloved’ that applies to unknown brands might be understandable but in the case of F.X. Hüller & Co it is completely unjustified?
These saxophones can easily compete with all the major pre-war brands!
Based on the serial numbers i've seen so far this could mean they build about 1700 (20000-21677) saxophones during the 1st period, about 2200 (21703-23897) during the 2nd period,
and about 6200 (23925-30105) during the 3rd period.
Now, what i don't know is how many saxophones were build during the MK period?
Besides that, they build a lot of horns, troughout the entire saxophone production, with no serial number at all. So far i've never seen a saxophone in the 28xxx, 29xxx range.
What i do know is the following: in between the serial numbers, the highest number in the 1st period is only removed 26 saxophones from the lowest in the 2nd period.
The highest number in the 2nd period is only removed 28 saxophones from the lowest in the 3rd period.
The company really started to innovate their saxophones during the 2nd period with the extraordinary alto (as described on the 2nd period page) as their ultimate saxophone.
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I certainly hope this website encourages other FXH enthusiasts to share their experiences with each other in order to find out as much as possible about this fascinating brand.
While creating this website I’ve consulted the following sources: Bassic-sax, Saxofone Ein Kompendium (Uwe Ladwig/www.oldtime-saxofone.de), Saxophone (Günter Dullat), 400 jahre musikinstrumentenbau im Grazlitz katalog, The Woodwind Forum, Jazzophone/Normaphone-Koperkwintet Goed Koper, Saxophonforum.de, Museum Markneukirchen forum and my own FXH saxophone/photo collection.
Links: oldtime-saxophone.de , dequelery.nl/atelier , www.saxofonservis.eu ,
marge.home.xs4all.nl/jazzophoneen.htm , www.gloger-handkraft.com
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