Grafton

Grafton Acrylic Alto

Grafton Acrylic Alto. This pic from SaxophoneSound.com.

Grafton Acrylic Alto. This pic from SaxophoneSound.com.


Inventor: Hector (Ettore) Sommaruga (1904 – 1986)
Introduced: 1949
Discontinued: 1962 (production line closed in 1959; appx. 3500 horns sold)
Highest Serial Number: appx. s/n 14xxx
Original Advertised Price: 55 Guineas ($108 US; about $1029, in 2012 dollars)
Current Value: appx. $3000 US
Grafton Info. on Saxpics.com   The original article I wrote on saxpics.com several years ago.
Stephen Howard Woodwinds   A review of the Grafton from a repairman’s perspective. Lots of great pics.
Stephen Howard Woodwinds: The Naked Grafton   A longer article introduced on SOTW by Pete Thomas.
Saxgourmet   Another breezy overview of the Grafton.
Wikipedia.   Of course there’s a Wikipedia article. This one is a bit light, though.
The Sax and Brass Book   There is a bit of incorrect information in The Sax and Brass Book, but it’s nice that a portion of the book is online.
Dave Gelly Article   As mentioned in the below article. Word doc.
The Woodwind Course, Newark (UK) College   Another brief history. Word doc.
Chromat-tic   A breezy overview with some nice pics.
Wally Horwood Article   As mentioned in this article’s text.
Bassic Sax Pix   Helen’s picture gallery.
Saxophone.org Gallery   Some horns that were formerly on Saxquest’s website.
TheSax.Info Gallery   My small gallery.
The Vintage Saxophone Gallery   This is the direct link to the Grafton section of Saxpics.com’s Gallery.
Willem Alink’s Custom Graftons.   Nice work.
Peter King & Parker’s Grafton   Play one of the world’s priciest, most fragile saxes, that was owned by one of the greatest players ever? No pressure!
Grafton Repair   Part I of a two-part video from Mark Farmer of BAC Horn Doctor.
Restauración saxo alto GRAFTON   Mostly static images, but a nice tear-down.
SOTW Grafton Forum   Sax-on-the-Web. I occasionally write columns for them.
The Woodwind Forum   Which has the genesis of this page. I’m also an admin there.