“I just used Friso’s tenor saxophone prototype for an entire 90 minutes outdoor festival gig, and it ‘passed the test' with flying colors! I never once felt the need (or even the inclination) to reach for my beloved, trusted Super Balanced Action. Friso’s horn was a joy to play: powerful, expressive and expansive, yet at the same time focused, balanced and grounded, with remarkable consistency of sound and intonation from bottom to top. I believe Friso is making a world-class instrument, with an exceptionally bright future.”Joshua RedmanJuly, 2019
“I’ve known Friso for quite some time, he’s a meticulous craftsman and is always striving for excellence beyond what he’s already achieved. This commitment to quality is reflected in his tenor, it’s a beautiful instrument, very free-blowing, rich-sounding, and crafted with great care from bottom to top, check it out!”Chris Potter2017
“My friend Friso Heidinga has always been the guy to go to when you are in Amsterdam and need work done on your horn. But he has taken it to the next level by creating his own saxophone. On a recent gig at the Jazz Keller in Frankfurt, fellow tenor man Tony Lakatos played Friso's horn and sounded as great as he always does on his vintage Selmer Mark VI. After the concert I tried it and was thoroughly impressed. It played, responded and sounded like a vintage instrument. And what's more promising is that its still a prototype. He continues to make adjustments and improvements. I look forward to playing the finished product. It promises to me a welcome addition to saxophone world.”Rick Margitza2017
During the three year testing process the prototype has made a small European tour already. We traveled to Switzerland, Germany, England and Belgium visiting of course Joshua Redman, but also Chris Potter, Branford Marsalis, Chris Cheek, Rick Margitza and Tony Lakatos giving them the opportunity to play the prototype in its various stages. Over here at home in Amsterdam the prototype was extensively tested by Ben van den Dungen, Yuri Honing and Simon Rigter. Adjustments to the design were made in many different steps until the instrument was able to handle itself beautifully in the hands of some of the best artists around today.
Free Wind Tenor Saxophone — 2019 Model
We recently finished building our first prototypes and now we have started taking orders for the instrument. Please contact us for more information, options and delivery time.
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Free Wind Saxophones are our core product. Unlike many others who might run a saxophone shop, trading, selling and repairing all sorts of instruments in many different ranges while selling their own labeled line of instruments, our only goal is to deliver the best handmade saxophones possible.