The MACSAX® Dream:
To satisfy the desires of saxophonists around the world who have longed for a return to the days of old world craftsmanship, elegance, and extreme quality hand-tuned instruments and mouthpieces.
The MACSAX® Mission:
Take the best of the 1950s-60s era designs, add modern improvements in materials and processes, then combine the knowledge and experience gathered during the past 60 years from players, technicians, and fabricators to deliver a lineup of top-quality saxophones and mouthpieces that meets the high standard of MACSAX® excellence.
The MACSAX® Team:
Mike Crouch (MAC), owner of Horn Productions LLC & MACSAX®
Mike graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1976 with a degree in Business Management. He is an entrepreneur, international businessman, and a saxophone player who has played in an Austin, Texas, band named Rhythm Congress for six years.
Greg Wilson, vice president and head of product development for MACSAX®
Greg graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Education; Greg also graduated from the University of Texas in 1981 with a Masters in Saxophone Performance. He is not only a current professional performer with Mingo Fishtrap, Greg has performed with the icons of the musical industry over the past 25+ years. Greg's deverse background as an educator, performer, technician and innovator of saxophone standards assures MACSAX® owners the finest muscial instruments in the industry.
Ken Beason, master saxophone technician to industry performing artists
Ken has joined MACSAX® to assist with our goal of becoming the new benchmark of saxophone designers and builders. Ken Beason provides repair services exclusively to saxophonists ranging from routine maintenance to complete instrument overhaul and restoration, including custom modifications and repairs. Prior to joining us, Beason worked in Dallas, Texas where he ran a busy saxophone repair shop for 15 years. During his early professional career, Ken served as an apprentice to the acclaimed saxophone technician Tom Layton (who currently lives in Lawton, Oklahoma). Many well-known professional players such as Shelly Carol, David Sanborn, Michael Brecker, Joe Henderson, Eric Falcon, Marshall McDonald, and Greg Tardy have used and endorsed Beason's services.
Beason has been an avid saxophone enthusiast since the age of 12 and has studied jazz performance at the University of North Texas. Currently, Ken Beason and family live and work in Asheville, North Carolina.
Eric Falcon, director of mouthpiece design
Eric is a highly versatile woodwind player and composer from Miami, FL. Eric studied music at New World School of the Arts and the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Eric has performed with some of music's brightest stars including: Wynton Marsalis, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Paul Anka, Ed Calle, Nestor Torres, Albita, Dave Valentin, Paquito D'Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Neil Sedaka, Greg Gisbert, the Drifters, and Frank Sinatra Jr. Some of these performances have included dates at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
A highly active woodwind doubler, Eric has played in the orchestra for over 25 musicals including: Cabaret, Company, Bye Bye Birdie, Grease, A New Brain, The World Goes 'Round and White Christmas.
As a composer and arranger Eric's work is featured in film and multiple pop and hip-hop albums.
Additionally, Eric is an expert woodwind mouthpiece craftsman and designer.
Jerry Jackson, director of manufacturing
Jerry does all of our mouthpiece machining work and collaborates with Eric on translating the design ideas into the physical products we produce using our state of the art machine tools. With a very diverse background and expertise in many fields including software development, electronics, music, product design, manufacturing, and many others, Jerry is uniquely suited for this challenging role.
In addition to machining, Jerry maintains our web site.
Archi Hsu, production manager and quality control manager
Archi is native to Taiwan and works to maintain the MACSAX® standard of high quality horn production in Taiwan. Archi originally graduated with a degree in architecture, but fell in love with his hobby: playing saxophones, and ever since has devoted his time to designing, producing, and testing saxophones to the highest quality standards.
MACSAX® Headquarters in Austin, Texas
Design and Specifications
The MACSAX® design team is headed by veteran master saxophone technician Ken Beason and includes input from a host of professors, repair technicians, and most importantly - saxophone players. Having worked with countless saxophones and players over the years, Ken has extensive knowledge of the player's requirements and of the solutions to the problems inherent in many other saxophone designs.
Our ability to work closely with the production team in Taiwan allows us to specify and produce horns which combine all the best attributes of vintage instruments while eliminating the various issues found in many of them.
The MACSAX® production process starts with detailed specifications for each part, including the conical bore dimensions, tone hole size and placement, key heights, regulation material, and fitting tolerance of every part for assembly. Our on-site production managers check each instrument to ensure our strict standards are maintained before shipment to Texas.
All instruments are set up and play-tested before shipment to the USA. All instruments are preserved and prepared for shipment, including corking all open key cups closed and double boxing to maximum protection during shipping. All shipments are by air freight on pallets to minimize the trauma of international shipping.
Service and Support
Spare parts for all model saxophones are in stock in Austin, Texas and Asheville, North Carolina to support our customers. All authorized repair shops must complete our training course to become an authorized MACSAX® repair shop.
Every MACSAX® benchmark instrument has an unconditional 2 year warranty.
(Normal wear to finishes is not considered a warranty issue)
MACSAX® is a dba of Horn Productions LLC
MACSAX® is the exclusive Sales Distributor for MACSAX®