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Schenkelaars

Dutch made alto saxophone dating back to 1960.
Schenkelaars
N/A
Alto
1960
Netherlands
Eb
B♭-F
Brass, Gold lacquer
24
65
Notes on this instrument

This instrument was gifted to me by none other than Dulf Schenkelaars, son of the founder of the company. We became friends after we met at a concert in 2007 where I played the 1881 Buffet alto saxophone from my collection. Dulf sadly passed away in 2018.

The little statue in the last picture in the gallery is built by another dear friend, unfortunately no longer with us, Jacques Merkx. I owe Jacques a lot: he really helped me forward in the beginning of my career as a composer. He sculpted this little figure based on Dulf, playing his alto saxophone.

 

three friends smiling at the camera
with Do and Dulf Schenkelaars after the concert where we met in 2007, Tilburg, Netherlands

 

four friends drinking at a bar
2010, Brussels, Belgium. Left to right: Susanne van Zoelen-Lucker, Do Schenkelaars, me, Dulf Schenkelaars

 

Below is a documentary film about the construction of a Schenkelaars trumpet. Although not a saxophone, it gives a nice image of the factory and the workmanship. Dulf Schenkelaars handed me this VHS tape around 2010. You can also find my articles written about dutch made saxophones!

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