Chang Lien-cheng Saxophone Museum
Located in Houli, the Chang Lien-cheng Saxophone Museum is a place that commemorates Mr. Chang Lien-cheng and the history of saxophone in Houli. This is where professional saxophone fabrication techniques can be found, and this is where saxophones are made with the exact precision of the latest technology. The craft of saxophone-making has been passed on over the last sixty years. This is the only saxophone museum in Taiwan, so it has become the shrine for all the saxophone fans who came to Houli to visit.
The map of Chang Lien-cheng Saxophone Museum
The Chang Lien-cheng Saxophone Museum is preserving a part of Houli's past, as it describes how a beautiful instrument was handcrafted and how the legend of Houli's saxophone was made over the last sixty year. The Chang Lien-cheng Saxophone Museum not only contains the antique saxophone from the 1960's, but it also displays the many tools and fixtures that were used to make saxophones, not to mention Mr. Chang's hand written notes. The museum is open to visitors free of charge.
Even though the floor area of the museum is small, it has the ability to vividly capture the special characteristics of Houli's saxophone industry. The museum is the place for someone who wants to quickly acquire some basic knowledge about the production and history of saxophone. Mr. Chang had never stopped drawing pictures. We firmly believe that Taiwan's saxophone industry would've been very different had it not for Mr. Chang's making and keeping all the detailed saxophone drawings from the very beginning.
Nowadays the museum is under the supervision of the third-generation Changs. They are planning on buying back all the saxophones that Mr. Chang Lien-cheng Chang had sold. One of them is the "Green Dragon" saxophone that was completely hand-made by Mr. Chang more than fifty years ago. It was purchased by the Taipei Broad Music Club Band in 1954. It is still in playing condition, with excellent tone and accuracy. It is now back in the Chang family, being called the most treasured possession of the town.
The "Green Dragon" was made more than 50 years ago.
In addition, because the four Chang sisters performed saxophones during a Toyota TV commercial in 2003, they have become the live showcase for the museum. They made numerous appearances in local and national music and arts events. They have not only put Houli on the map, they have also brought back the public's concerns about Houli's saxophone industry.