I'm in the UK. Whereabouts are you? Are you a musician? A sax player?
Thank you for your question. It touches on quite an interesting story, I think: a small corner of British musical history. In the 1930's and 1940's, Alex Burns Ltd. was a leading musical instrument shop in Shaftesbury Avenue, in the heart of London's West End, and on the edge of Soho. // Alex Burns was my father (1901-1947), a musican himself. // I've only very recently found out, quite by accident, that he sold his own brand of saxophones. They were made for him in Paris, and the brand was called SIOMA. This was named after Alex's brother, Seymour Burns, also a musician, who worked with my father. // Sioma = Seymour. // And now, I want to buy a Sioma alto for my grandson. As a keen and talented young musician, he has found his own way to the sax. Any ideas?
My very frst tenor sax was an Alex Burns 'Sioma'. My high school design technology teacher actually leant/gave it to me about 20 years ago... I played it for maybe a year before upgrading to a Selmer. I still have it stowed away somewhere here in my practice room. A bit awkward to give it back now!?
And here's a photo of ALEX BURNS LTD in Shaftesbury Avenue, I think, in the late 1940's or early 1950's. - just after locking-up time. You can see that it's quite dark, and diagonal bars have been scrolled down across the windows. The woman facing the camera is my mother, Rosalind Burns. I don't know who the others are.
1. 116-119 Shaftesbury Avenue - Alex Burns Ltd.jpg