Dating king saxophones
The website has been totally paid out of pocket since it’s inception.
I should have added Google Ads, or a Paypal button but never got to that level.
Swain, I also used these as assumptions: The drop in production for 1915-16 is based on similar drops among the other manufacturers as a result of World War I.
The slow decline in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s is based on similar fluctuations among other manufacturers.
Additionally, we would be grateful to anyone who owns a York horn not listed to contact us with the name, type, cities, and serial number (etc.). When California State University, Los Angeles stopped maintaining his site, and with the data I had collected, I attempted to recreate the dating work he had done using his own pioneering work while adding additional instrument data (including saxophones), patent research, new information that has come to light, and information gleaned from Horn-u-copia. Swain had cautioned that a five year spread on either side ( -) would be most accurate when dating an instrument using his original work.
This guide was started using details of just a few hundred surviving York instruments.
There is now an expanded information base of over 2,600 York instruments to reference, starting with"York & Son" in 1887 and continuing through several name changes until the Grand Rapids plant was closed in 1971.
I am always collecting new information, and wouldn’t mind a donation here or there to help pay for some expenses (sooner or later I’ll add a Paypal button).
I am also collection alto and tenor Saxophone tonehole diameters for the entire horn for another project.