Karel Goetghebeur, born in Ostend in 1978, is the founder and creator behind Adolphe Sax & Cie. As a secondary occupation, he established his saxophone business after he received the exclusive distribution rights of a particular saxophone brand for all of Europe. In 2010, he took a leap of faith and decided to work with saxophones full-time.
Karel Goetghebeur (Bruges, BE)
When at the beginning of 2012, he discovered the possibility to obtain the rights to the name “Adolphe Sax & Cie”, nothing could stop him. Long story short: Along with his American colleague and friend Juan, he visited various factories. They found a factory which liked the concept of an “old idea with modern application”. From that moment onward, the first prototypes were developed, assessed, tested and adjusted.
On 27 September 2012, it was announced to the press in Bruges: “Adolphe Sax & Cie” was a fact!
The “Adolphe Sax & Cie” story is no one-man show. It is teamwork. It’s a great pleasure to collaborate with and to receive advice from our technical team: all important saxophonists, technicians and researchers.
Among others, these are the people who make “Adolphe Sax & Cie” what it is today:
Hervé Letor (BE)
Hervé Letor is a very versatile and flexible saxophonist who feels at home in many musical styles, including jazz, blues, fusion and pop. He can be found in recording studios and on stage in the Belgian jazz and pop scene. He has played with countless artists, bands and tv shows. He teaches at the “Do Something School” in Brussels.
Leo van Oostrom (NL)
One of the greatest experts and collectors on Adolphe Sax, we have great respect for his knowledge and passion.
His book “100+1 saxen” introduces readers to a number of very rare Adolphe Sax saxophones from his own collection.
He was a professor in saxophone at the Royal Conservatoire of Den Haag.
Nico Bodewes (NL)
The man who once started out as a goldsmith is, apart from autodidact / inventor / collector / photographer /etc… one of the most famous Dutch saxophone repairers. Many hands learned, thanks to him, the skills and tricks of the profession. His insight and expertise are a very valuable addition.
Nicolas Vankeerberghen (BE)
Even at age 15, Nicolas started to learn the craft. He got his diploma in “Production and reparation of wood and brass wind instruments” at the firm Persy in Brussels. He worked, among others, at De Prins in Antwerp and kept specialising in fine mechanics, for example at Straubinger, the famous flute builder in Indianapolis.
He works for many professionals, conservatories, military bands, BJO, etc…
Stefaan Debevere (BE)
Stefaan studied in the Netherlands with Ferdinand Povel and Leo van Oostrom. Throughout the years he has performed with a number of famous jazz musicians in Belgium and the Netherlands. He specialises particularly in the development of jazz education in Flanders, and currently teaches at the City Academy for Music, Word and Dance in Roeselare.