QUOTE(SaxLad @ May 6 2012, 08:47 PM)
QUOTE(tenor-sax @ May 6 2012, 06:01 PM)
I bought a Serie II Tenor in 2009, fantastic instrument, very versatile and capable of everything you throw at it. The key action is very smooth (super action
) and I'm very happy with the tone that I produce on it.
I too was advised that it was better than the Serie III in some respects (cannot remember why now). Tried them out at woodwind exchange in bradford and this is the sax I chose above all the others.
Will you have a chance to try it out?
I may well do, I also know a friend who owns (but doesnt use) a 50's balanced action
, does anyone know how it would stand up against a series II?
A Mark VI?
My limited understanding is that these CAN be very good - but MAY NOT be very good - you really have to try them out and check. Issues with older saxes can be logistics (how they play - although 50s probably isn't so bad), cost of servicing and parts.
Some people swear by these instruments for having more character. Others say that modern instruments are better made and more consistent and that "character" is a euphemism for "flawed" and "inconsistent"
If you want to go this route you would be advised to allow plenty of time to try out and test (as in several hours). Somewhere like Woodwind Exchange you can compare and contrast...
Good luck and keep us posted....
EDIT fix dreadful typos....