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V. Kohlert\'s Söhne Graslitz
V. Kohlert's Söhne Gra  

V. Kohlert\'s Söhne Graslitz
V. Kohlert's Söhne Gra  
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Dear Mr. Koeller,

I have found your contact googling the brand name of a saxophone I have bought on an antiques market for my brother who plays the saxophone. It is a present for his birthday next month and I am doing a little research. I would like to ask your opinion on this piece.

It came in its original wooden box, all pieces included (even the veganine tube :) )
On the mouth piece there is engraved:
V. Kohlert's Söhne Graslitz

On the back of the tube there is a serial no.:
7349

On the upper side of the inside of the tube someone engraved:
1942

On the back there hangs a kind of seal with the Belgian lion and written DOUANE.

The saxophone looks silver plated.

I would like to know more on the history of this instrument so I can tell my brother some background information about the instrument.

Many thanks in advance!
I hope to hear from you,
Marcin De Rycker
Belgium

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Hello Marcin, Your sax is wonderful!!! It even has mother of pearl finger touches on the side keys, here is some interesting info from the web...."Graslitz was a town in Bohemia (part of the Austro-Hungarian empire) before WW2.  It is now known as Kraslice in the present day Czech Republic.  Graslitz had an ethnic German population before WW2, but was not part of the country of Germany then and is not today.  Graslitz was known for its musical instrument production, especially brass instruments.   Since the instrument says Graslitz, I would guess it was made before the end of WW2--the name of the town was changed to the Czech pronunciation/spelling of Kraslice at that time.  Also, the word sohne is German.  Most of the ethnic Germans were driven out of their Bohemian homelands after WW2, so if a German word is on the instrument, that also leads me to believe it was produced before the end of WW2.  My ancestors were from Graslitz and one of them produced musical instruments around the turn of the century.  I have a copy of the patent application he filed in 1895 for a method of stamping or embossing lettering on musical instruments.  It says "I, Anton Richard Breinl, Maker of Musical Instruments for Children, of Graslitz, Bohemia, in the Empire of Austria..."
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I'm a Professional Jazz Saxophone soloist recently retired from 23 years with the USAF Band Of Flight, WPAFB, OHIO, experienced in performance, technique and equipment. I'm not a buyer/seller or dealer. I have 40 years Alto, Tenor, Soprano and Bari Saxophone performance experience with additional years on the Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bass Guitar, Piano, Drum-set, Guitar and Voice. I'm a third generation professional military musician, my father, Bill Koeller(1939-1997) was in the USAF 1958-1962, and played Jazz Hammond B-3 organ from 1957-1997, and my fathers Uncle, Alfred Koeller (1912-1993), was a professional Acoustic Bassist in the Army Air Corps in WWII, and also performed on Jazz Guitar, Hammond organ, Piano and tenor saxophone.

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Professional Saxophone Soloist, 23 total years with the USAF Bands, 6 years with the USAF Band of Flight, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, performing on Tenor, Alto, Soprano, Clarinet, and Flute. 4 years in Japan, at Yokota AFB with the USAF Band of the Pacific. An Avid Composer and Arranger for the Night Hawk Protocol Combo. Former Lead Alto Saxophonist with the USAF Night Flight Big Band performing the music of Glenn Miller as well as other hits of the Big Band Era. I collect LP records of Jazz, blue's, classical and rock, and have over 12,000 records.

Organizations
USAF,Phi MU Alpha Sinfonia, Men's National Music Fraternity, Johnny Mack Super Big Band, Tom Daugherty Orchestra, Kim Kelly Orchestra, Dayton Jazz Orchestra, Eddie Love Big Band, Gem City Big Band, Jazz Central Big Band, Shin Sings Orchestra, Kim Kelly Orchestra,USAF Night Flight Jazz Ensemble, Different Hats Big Band, Jimmy Baker Blues Band, This Side Up, Freelance, KING KOELLER Quartet, Jazz Central Big Band, GB Work, Sax On The Web,

Publications
Saxophone On the Web; Anchorage Daily News; All Experts; Augustana College Public Radio, WVIK;

Education/Credentials
North Texas State University School of Music, Jazz Studies 1982-1986 Lead Alto, Lab bands 1982-83 and small group leader 1983-1984, Jazz Radio Host WVIK 90.1 FM NPR affiliate Rock Island, IL United States Collegiate Wind Band European tour 1980 Augustana College, Rock Island IL, Liberal Arts Music Mentors/Teachers:My father Bill Koeller, a Jazz Hammond B-3 Organist (1939-1997) Great Uncle Alfred Koeller, Acoustic Bass 1912-1993

Awards and Honors
Paul Shartle Musician of the Quarter Spring 2008; Glenn Miller Festival, Clarinda, Iowa featured soloist; McDonald's All-American Band and Jazz Ensemble 1979; US Collegiate Wind Bands,Paul Lavalle Conductor, tour of Europe,1980; John Phillip Sousa Award, 1980 Dimond HS Anchorage, Alaska; USAF National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; USAF Achievement Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters; USAF Good Conduct Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters

Past/Present Clients
Performed with, Bob Hope, The Platters, Four Tops, Jimmy Dorsey, Crystal Gail, Helen Ready, James Williams, Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Jack Jones, The Mills Brothers, the G-Clef's, Lionel Hampton at Carnegie Hall, Performed for the King Of Thailand 2005, Tom "Bone's" Malone, Roy Hargrove, Tommy Turrentine, Performed for President Gerald Ford, President George W. Bush, The Maguire Sisters, The USO Girls-Andrew Sisters Tribute, The Four Lads, Lincoln Berry, The Dayton Jazz Orchestra, Louis Bellson, Buddy DeFranco, Walter Bishop Jr, Sadao Watanabe, Bobby Shew, Pete Jolly, Quad City Jazz Ensemble, Augustana College Symphonic Band, Jack Scott, Catfish Jazz Society, Intrigue-Boston Wedding Band, The Mark Herbert Little Big Band, The Pacesetters Big Band, The Ambassadors Jazz Ensemble, Pacific Showcase Big Band, Jimmy Dorsey Big Band under the direction of Lee Castle, Ronny Scott Orchestra, Big Al's Hot Dance Orchestra, The Dayton Sidewinders, Tom Daugherty Orchestra, Johnny Mack Super Big Band, Ken Peplowski, Eddie Daniels, Buddy Guy, Roy Hargrove, Warren Parrish, John OMeara Jr., Dave Holcomb, Albia Silva,Vinnie Demartino, Clon VonFitz, The G Clef's

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