Tin Saxaphone

by Linda Johnson
(Merced, CA)

My son who plays tenor and alto sax inherited a saxaphone from his grandfather which is made out of tin. By the time he got the saxaphone we weren't able to ask the, then deceased, grandfather any questions about it but assumptions can be made. It's my understanding that musical instruments were made from tin during the war when other metals were scarce and Grandpa was born in 1914 so the sax had to have been purchased new by someone else during the World War 1 period. We have never had the sax repaired or looked at by a repairman because our son had his own sax to play by the time we got it. Now that he is attending a private college and taking on educational loans it occurred to us it might be worth some money. What do you think?

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Jan 24, 2010
by: kelly the repair guy

Hmmm...I have never seen a sax made from tin, nor have I heard of saxs made from tin during the war. Pictures would be great...

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