PLAYING A F.X. HÜLLER & Co SAXOPHONE
F.X. Hüller & Co saxophones are not only very good-looking horns, they play fantastically too.
The tenors are strong and free-blowing saxophones. They have a big, open and rich tone, while the altos sound more subtle, slightly darker.
The intonation on both alto and tenor is absolutely superb.
The key action on the split bell key line works quite smooth, but there is room for improvement.
This happened in the second period and even more so in the third period, which resulted in extremely smooth and fast fingering.
When playing one of the “World” models it’s hard to believe you’re holding something that old.
Even the altissimo register, including the G and G # which can be a real stuggle on pre-war saxophones, can be played without much effort!
The different models in the third period were described ( cataloque <1945: F.X. Hüller ''Quality decides" ) as follows: “Champion”- at a low price 300 RM, “World”- for the discerning musician 330 RM, “World super”- artist instrument 380 RM, “World de luxe”- top performance 420 RM.
Those prices were for silver plated tenor saxophones
Because of the smaller left hand pinky table and the lack of a front F key, the “Champion” models are less comfortable to play and are, nowadays, rightfully called the base model.
Calling the “World” an intermediate horn ( only based on the above description and price ), however, is an understatement.
The extra high and low D-Eb triller keys, a roller on the B flat key, and a two ring micro tuner on my “World Super” alto ( 3rd period page ), which i believe was custom ordered because so far i've only seen two other ''World Super'' saxophones who only had the extra low D-Eb triller key, are the only thing different between those two models.
F.X. Hüller & Co “World” saxophones are most definitely pro horns! ( cataloque <1945: F.X. Hüller ''Our master series World'' are a peak performance in saxophone construction, which contains the models: World-World Super-World De Luxe )
This also applies for the late second period ''Champion'' horns.
Champion saxophones were second in line during the first and second period.
first and second row: Hammerschmidt Klingson ( late 2nd period FXH stencil ) see description and pics of the exrtaordinary alto at the 2nd period page, this Klingson alto has the same features, except for the little roller on the little Bb key, but with an extra low C# key.
third row: Key rod protection from the 1st till the 3rd period. Pic 4 shows the rods of the above Klingson alto, positioned down the front of the body instead of the side, obvious the best rod protection of them all. ( the key rod protectors were optional during the 2nd and 3rd period, pic 3 and 5 )