This is also an instrument that was built in the Netherlands, in Tilburg to be precise!
Johann Birker came to Tilburg in 1899 to work in the Kessels factory. In the mid 1920s he started his own company.
Several sources suggest that he based the design of his saxophones on Kessels’ instruments, but developed them much further, not in the last place because of the simple fact that the Birker company was in existence longer than Kessels.
Birker went bankrupt in 1931.
Enclosed is the chapter of my book about saxophone manufacturers in the Netherlands (Dutch).
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