this WEBSITE...

...documents knowledge that in the course of many years has been gathered both in theory and in practice on the working of the saxophone and is dedicated to the inquisitive musician.

Among musicians little is known about the physics of the saxophone. An ignorance which makes that sometimes stories are being told that do not really fit in with what is actually going on inside the instrument. However, a saxophone is not a mystery, a saxophone obeys the laws of nature. Written as much as possible in daily language, this site seeks to reduce the saxophone to common sense.

At the same time this site presents an initiative both in handcrafting mouthpieces and in modifying instruments. Both fields of productivity have grown out of research into the construction and working of the instrument, combined with a constant workmanship. The same combination from which the saxophone was born and which I consider to be my natural habitat.

Constructions described in this website are all public domain. Do feel free to try and apply things yourself and please, keep me informed about your findings. I do not believe in what's called legal protection and the claiming of ideas. To my mind, the greatest boon of patents is that they document history for us.

M. Postma |

Member of the ACIMV
Member of the Galpin Society

and further..

  • I started a new project on short(ened) necks. Read a study in truncation in the instruments-section.
  • Read the chapter on the a tribute to Sax alto saxophone!
  • the History-section gives access to various patents as well.
  • pictures of modified saxophones in the instruments-section.
  • So may thanks for this website. I cannot digest too much of it in one go, but what a treasure-house!

    - Raaf Hekkema
  • Texts of this website are free of copyrights as long as you credit the source.
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