The sax is stamped "Made in Holland".
My understanding is that the body tube, which has rolled toneholes, was made by Keilwerth, while the keywork and assembly was done
by Schenkelaars of Holland.
The lefthand pinkie key plateau has a distinct Conn 10M look to it.
If you do "due diligence" and research it, you'll see these horns don't have much of a reputation. But this particular one is a great-playing horn.
Whether you play it acoustically...that is to say, normally...or hook it up to effects box and amp, I think you will be pleased.
If you are already using electronic effects, but via a normal acoustic microphone, it would be very informative to hear and feel the difference
that the neck pickup makes.
For as you see, this horn has a pick-up port in the neck.
It comes complete with an "RB" pickup, which has an in-line volume control.
I remember reading the the "B" in "RB" stood for Brilhart, but that it had nothing to do with the mouthpiece maker,
Arnold Brilhart, unless
it happened to be a relative of his. Unfortunately I cannot now find the reference...it might have been a print advertisement.
Wait...I found the
advertisment for the RB pickup. "RB" stands for Robert Bilhart, Arnold Brilhart's son.
This LINK has a video of an interview of
Robert. He mentions the RB pickup..
Also comes with a plug to close the pickup port if desired.
I ran the pickup to a PA and it works...amplifying the sax.
This opens the door to experimenting the world of electronic effects and amplification.
I am looking for a "Varitone", "Octavoice" or other effects box to pair with this horn, but it would be tons of fun to try any of
the thousands of guitar effects units out there.
Okay...I've gotten two Conn Multi-Vider effects boxes:
This one just happens to be serial number #0001
And this other one is a later model in pristine shape.
Yeah...no prices. If you are interested you'll have to contact me. I am a little too attached to them to think about putting a dollar
amount on them just now.
Below are a couple of short snippets of the Concord Artist tenor sax being played with a Conn Multi-Vider attached and playing through a small amp/speaker.
We used the Multi-vider to mix in some lower octave sound.
And just a note, the recording setup was very improvised. I held the microphone in my left hand while I ran the recording software with my right.
The sax player stood farther away than the speaker to 'balance' the mix of acoustic with the sound coming out of the speaker.