B&S "Medusa" Tenor Sax
- Year: ~2001-2005 (2004?)
- Make: B&S/VMI
- Model: Medusa - Series 2006
- Status: For Sale!
- Finish: Black Nickel, Silver keys (SN/S)
- Serial Number: 016,410
(On Consignment - Factory New) - alignment tune up included.
My info here is a blend of credit to Sarge (WWS), the original buyer, and my super knowledgeable friend, Helen Kahlke, who has some of the most congruent info on these saxes. I'm happy to refer you to her write-ups also (bassic-sax).
This is THE example of all the great German saxes that we've learned to love and respect - think also of the Dave Guardala DG500 models, but with the next tier of improvements!
Screw adjustments on the lower stack
*no adjustable palm keys on this example.
PADS: Tan with metal resos.
CASE: original Medusa case with multiple neck slots as VMI was making
DATING: The series 2001 debut was in 1991, not 2001. The Series 2006(Medusa) was the improvements on that model. All production ceased in 2005. So these Medusa saxes are older than 2005. Start with that. My estimate on this sax is that it is from 2001-2005 years of production. Gut estimate: 2004. As Helen also cited, Pro-Music-News, cited a big change to the model and the body tube in 2002 that was used on the 2001 model and onto the 2006 model.
MANUFACTURING: For the sake of vintage sax lineage, I chose to list this as B&S but it should be noted that the company technically transitioned to Vogtländische Musikinstrumentenfabrik GmbH Markneukirchen (VMI). I like how Helen says it:
"Vogtländische Musikinstrumentenfabrik GmbH Markneukirchen (VMI) - After the fall of the Berlin wall, VEB Blechblas- und Signal-Instrumenten-Fabrik (B&S) transitioned into the Vogtländische Musikinstrumentenfabrik GmbH Markneukirchen (VMI). Some sections of the national corporation that had been appropriated by the government were liberated once more, while others—such as Hüller—were closed down. After this point in time, VMI only produced standard brass instruments such as horns, trombones, tubas, trumpets, and saxophones.
Despite the company’s return to private ownership, VMI continued producing both Weltklang and B&S blue label horns for a few more years—some of which I have called transitional. It wasn’t until 1991, when they introduced the 2001 series, that it truly stepped onto the world stage as a saxophone maker.
Sadly, VMI ceased its saxophone production in 2005."
Sound Files: Actual sax in track 1