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Kingsleyhk

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Bear with me- this is a bit of a tale. In around 1963 I bought a silver plated B & H alto with black buttons for GBP3! After a bit of fiddling, it was very playable and I loved it. What was particularly interesting was that the palm keys were articulated together, i.e if you hit the E RH palm key the LH d and D#/Eb keys would also open; if you hit the F key, the D, D# and E would open.

Stupidly I sold it a year later for GBP17 to one of the masters at my school, thinking that I had done something really smart - dumb kid! - and I've regretted it ever since.

Now, i) did I dream this because no-one I've ever discussed this with believes that such a sax ever existed and I've never tracked one down on the 'net and ii) does anyone have one for sale?
 

kevgermany

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B&H saxes do come up every now and again. One of the members here has one, but hasn't posted in a while. & I seem to remember Stephen Howard having a review of one on his site.

Although keys are pretty much standardised now, there wasa lot of experimentation pre-WWII. And extra keys/linkages are often found. I think most of the variations didn't really add anything, and the all-mighty MkVI did a lot to standardise things.
 

Kingsleyhk

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Thanks for the prompt response. I'm sure this sax would have been pre-WWII. At that time, Mk VIs were the gold standard but totally unaffordable to anyone but a serious pro - about GBP120 new. The only people who had them were the legends like Tubby and Ronnie.

The B& H articulation actually did add something - the palm keys were very easy to play - at least for a 16yo learner! I have seen a B&H occasionally on eBay, but not with this articulation. And for old times sake, I would still love to get hold of the B & H that I owned then. Mind you, I would also like to have a Norton Dominator 500 that I had then - and that's probably not going to happen either if my wife has any say in it!
 

gladsaxisme

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If it's the inter linked palm keys that's the interesting thing to you rather than the it being B&H I've got a LYON & HEALEY alto with this feature, think it's a martin stencil, it has the soldered on martin style tone holes,may be worth keeping an eye out for...john
 

Kingsleyhk

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As I implied in my last post, not sure the lady wife - whose name escapes me for a moment - will let me buy another saxophone - although if ever that B&H silver plated one shows up, I might have to!
 
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