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The Andreas van Zoelen collection 

Swanee

Slide saxophone
Swanee
N/A
Other
1927
England
N/A
N/A
Brass, Nickel plated
N/A
46.7
Notes on this instrument

I was very happy to finally find a good swanee slide saxophone in London. I was even more thrilled when I found the method book that came with it. I was in shock when I found out on the back page (seen below) that they actually made more instruments, because for me, that meant I also had to find those for my collection. Fortunately, that also worked out!

German magazine ‘Rohrblatt’ published one of my articles, in which I also talk about the Swanee instruments. You can read it here.

 

The slide saxophone being presented
Tholen, Netherlands, 2014

 

The slide saxophone being presented
Waldshut-Tingen, Germany, 2016

 

The slide saxophone being presented

 

The slide saxophone being presented
Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2014

 

The slide saxophone being presented The slide saxophone being presented The slide saxophone being presented

The slide saxophone being presented
with Leo van Oostrom, and Martien Maas at the piano, in Salzgitter, Germany, 2022

 

OId pamphlet of the slide saxophone
Method book that came with the Swanee saxophone

 

Old pamphlet of the slide saxphone

 

News article of the slide saxophone
From a Dutch newspaper, 1927. The last line reads: “…one should be prepared for the worst!”

 

In 2013 I cooperated with the University College of Engineering in Venlo, to see if the interior of these slide saxophone could be reproduced, and more importantly modernized. This proved not only to be extremly difficult, but as it turns out, the inside of these instruments where extremely well thought through and skilfully crafted! Unfortunately, they tend to leak, so it is important to keep them greased very well before playing

 

A gold piece of the slide
attempts to recreate the interior using modern technology

 

A gold piece of the slide A gold piece of the slide

Four friends hanging out at the dinner table
testing the first results, 2013

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