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The legacy of Julius Keilwerth saxophones resonates through the halls of music history, beginning in 1925 when Julius Keilwerth established his company in Graslitz, Czechoslovakia. Initially, Keilwerth’s workshop, shared with his brother Max, focused on producing saxophones for other manufacturers like Adler and FX Hüller. However, the Keilwerth brand soon became synonymous with quality and innovation, growing to be one of Europe’s largest saxophone manufacturers by the onset of World War II. Post-war, the company relocated to Nauheim, Germany, where it continued to flourish despite the turbulent times, including a bankruptcy filing and subsequent acquisition by Buffet Crampon in 2010.

Keilwerth’s saxophones have been distinguished by their robust construction and distinctive sound, appealing to both classical and jazz musicians. The company’s commitment to craftsmanship led to collaborations with artists like Peter Ponzol, resulting in the Modell Peter Ponzol saxophones in 1986, which have influenced the modern lineup of Keilwerth instruments. Throughout its history, Keilwerth has been known for its ‘stencil’ saxophones, providing instruments to other companies for rebranding, and for its innovative designs, such as the Toneking and New King models, which have become collectors’ items for their unique features and sound quality.

Today, Julius Keilwerth saxophones continue to be celebrated for their rich tonal palette and exceptional playability, embodying the spirit of their founder’s vision and the enduring passion of saxophonists around the globe. For the connoisseur of the saxophone, Keilwerth represents not just a brand, but a chapter in the instrument’s evolving story, marked by dedication to excellence and a deep understanding of the musician’s needs.

Page last updated 7/7/2024.