Saxophones Corton de Luxe alto

thomsax

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I traded an old tenor for a Corton De Luxe alto. I know that the sax was manufactoried by Yanagisawa. I'ts a very nice alto with no damage (straight body, no dings, neck fits perfect..) and good gold lacquer. The keys are nickelplated. It's stamped with a "5". For me this is a good student/middle class sax or ...?

I'm going to do a service (cleaning, replace some corks ...) and sell the sax on our next Rocksax workshop this November. Before I sell it I want to know if there is more to add about these saxes. My sax is not much used, but how are these saxes if they are often and regulary used? I think it's from the late 70's or early 80's. Corton De Luxe was distributed in Sweden/Scandinavia by Hagströms Musik. The firm is known for their electric guitars and basses.

Thomas
 
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thomsax

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Hi Clive.

I got some information about the Corton De Luxe alto the other day. It's a Yanagisawa built sax and it's the (A)5 model which appeared on the market 1965. According to the person that gave me the info, Yanagisawa did'nt sell any saxes under their own name in Europe in the 60's or early 70's. So the Corton De Luxe is a stencil from Yanagisawa!?! Maybe a result of "left overs" or old inventory?

Corton is a stecil from Amati(CZ). They did a lot of parts and complete saxes for other firms like SML, UMI, Couf, Keilwerth, Boosey&Hawkes, Selmer USA ... through the years.

Thank you for the videoclip of your band. I like it!!

Thomas
 
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