“This is an EXTREMELY RARE Keilwerth Toneking 3000 Jazzophone. The jazzophone is a bit of an odd duck-it’s a trumpet but is wrapped like a saxophone. Looks really funky and cool and sounds great, though you can’t use mutes with it. In over 10 years of dealing in vintage instruments I’ve never seen another one of these in person.”
Here’s the definitive Jazzophone site (so far) discovered by our resident researcher, Helen: http://www.xs4all.nl/~marge/jazzophoneen.htm. Note that they already reference my friend Gary Anderson’s Jazzophone solo on YouTube. (Click on Picture below to see and hear video.In a recent email Gerhard Julius Keilwerth sez of this instrument:
“Schreiber & Keilwerth redirected your questions about the Toneking 3000 Jazzophon to me. I devised this instrument, which is a normal B-trompet in manner of a saxophon. It was built from 1982 to 1986. I can’t tell you an exact number of items, but there where not more than 100. And as far as i know there where unfortunately no famous musicians who played it.”
Another Jazzophone discussion from the brass side of the world is here: http://www.trumpetmaster.com/vb/f140…pet-51933.html. And another site had information: http://www.dallasmusic.org/jkbrass/prod04.htm. And finally some more pictures of this instrument:
I’m thinking of scheduling performances that will have at least one solo on this instrument. It gets a lot of comments from the viewers especially if they are musicians.