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Saxophones hawkes and son alto


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In the late eighties i came into possession of an old Hawkes and son alto sax wich was in need of a major overhaul. It was mothballed until i found the time (and the cash) to have the work carried out. Alas that time never came around and i still have an old alto that needs repairing. I have no idea of the date of manufacture as there are no markings, apart from the makers name and address "Hawkes & Son Denman St. London". I wondered if anyone could shead any light as to when this instrument was manufactured and maybe some other details that may be usefull. I no longer plan to repair this instrument as i don't think i could do it justice. I will, however be selling it on a well known auction site in the near future, hopefuly purchased by someone that will give it the attention that it deserves. I will try and include some pics if i can.
Thank you in advance for any info, it wil be greatly appreciated.
Ian (crippin)

Stephen Howard

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Does it have anything else on the bell?

Hakkes and Son were active in the early 1900s, and much of their output is high pitch (HP). The modern standard is A=440hz, or low pitch (LP).
If there's nothing else on the bell then you probably have a high pitched horn - ditto if it says Excelsior. If it says XX Century then you're in luck.
A XX Century will be worth a few quid - a high pitched horn will only be of use as an ornament.



Enfield, North London
Hawkes & Son had a factory in Edgware until the merger with Boosey.

Is there an image of a boy skipping along while playing what looks like a recorder?
Rolled tone holes?
The low pitch horns generally have a 'b' stamped on the body between the D and E tone holes.
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