In 1993 KHS started building a factory near Tianjin China for the main purpose of entering the Chinese market. In 1996 the KHS Chinese factory began producing instruments and instrument parts and since 1996 some lower priced Jupiter instruments have been totally made in China and some mid priced Jupiter instruments have been assembled in Taiwan from parts made at the Tianjin China factory and some higher priced Jupiter instruments have been totally made at the Knoling factory in Taiwan. For instance The Jupiter 500 series are totally made in China and the Jupiter 700 series are assembled in Taiwan.
Imported European components are often used and most raw materials are imported from Japan. Clarinet and saxophone mouthpieces are imported from ESM in Germany and the pearl shell used for keys is also imported from Germany. Pads, springs, felt and natural cork are imported from Italy and synthetic cork is imported from France. The brass and silver plates used for the instruments bodies are imported from Japan as are the knock pins and natural cork.
The hand tools used to fashion the musical instrument parts are from Switzerland and the USA and the cnc machines are from Japan. The lacquer used is imported from Britain and the USA and the soldering powder is imported from Canada. All of the KHS manufacturing facilities in Taiwan and China are ISO 9001 certified. KHS has also made musical instruments for other companies such as Buffet Crampon (Evette), Vito and Keilwerth saxophones, B&S trumpets and Courtois cornets. Also KHS has made Olds, Blessing, Riley, Mirage and Arbiter Jazz saxophones.
To help decide which decade the instrument is from, the Jupiter logo designs can be used. The earlier Jupiter saxophones have a "Jupiter and KHS Musical Instrument Co Ltd" logo on the bell and have Taiwan near the model and serial numbers under the thumbrest. This was changed in the early 1990s to a "Jupiter and KHS Musical Instrument Taiwan" logo on the bell with no Taiwan near the model and serial numbers under the thumbrest. The newer Jupiter saxophones just have a Jupiter logo on the bell and have Taiwan near the model and serial numbers under the thumbrest. Earlier Jupiter instrument cases have a "Jupiter Wind Instruments" logo and newer Jupiter instrument cases just have a Jupiter logo.
Unfortunately the serial numbering system that was used had no decade information so in 1999 the serial number format was changed from a digit format to a letter format. For instance AXXXXX=1999, BXXXXX=2000 etc.
Common Jupiter Saxophone Model Codes
Higher model numbers (700 series JAS-767GL) are more advanced than the lower model numbers (500 series JAS-565GL)
General Finish Types
Jupiter and jazz greats: campaign features Brown, Goodman, and Parker. (Jupiter Band Instruments Inc. advertising campaign includes trumpet player Clifford Brown, clarinetist Benny Goodman and saxophonist Charlie Parker) (Industry Forefront)
Aug 01, 1993; Jupiter Band Instruments has been awarded the rights to use the names and images of trumpet player Clifford Brown, clarinetist...