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All in the family

In the same family for three generations, the Lien-Cheng Saxophone Company may have to close up shop as it struggles to find a new generation of saxophone makers

By Joe Henley  /  Contributing reporter

OLD HABITS DIE HARD

Each plays a different variety of saxophone, and they perform together as a quartet. But according to their father, he still has a bottom line to consider, and although he respects his daughters’ abilities, he says he owes it to his grandfather’s legacy to do what is best for the business. So will the company, which has been passed down for generations from father to son, eventually be taken over by one of Chang Tsung-yao’s daughters?

The second-youngest of the four, Chang Yu-fang (張瑜峰), has no reservations about continuing the family business.

“I grew up surrounded by the music of the saxophone, and the sounds of making saxophones,” she says. “It’s the most familiar sound and the most comfortable environment for me, so I will take over my father’s business one day.”

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