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Yah, that is a bit pricey: $3000. Aquilasax has also been toying with the idea of producing a C soprano to go along with their C melody tenor. It'd be lower quality than the IWW, but the question is by how much: the E&R soprano is only designed by Eppelsheim, not produced by him. I don't know what the quality would be in comparison to, say, the Tubax, Soprillo, etc.milandro from SOTW said:I've seen it at Eppelsheim's booth at the Frankfurt Musikmesse. He has been designing it and has it produced under his supervision in Taiwan or China (he told me but I am not sure...).
It looked and felt pretty nice, but I didn't play it due to lack of a mouthpiece (and frankly speaking I wasn't all that interested that I would play it by disinfecting the mouthpiece on the horn...) but a friend of mine played it and it sounded very nice.
Certainly a nice horn for those looking for modern mechanics and modern tuning. The price is adequate but the question remains , do you need a C soprano that bad that you want to spend that kind of money? If the answer is yes, then, go for it!
I mentioned on SOTW that I've asked Benedikt Eppelsheim if he was going to re-introduce any of the F saxophones and he said something like, "If people REALLY want one ...."I'd be curious how the market research for this new product was conducted. Realistically, how much demand for C pitched sopranos is there, or will there be? Or is this a simple case of: Build it and they will come. Is anyone in the know as to how the market research was done?
Actually C sops can be had for about a fourth of the cost as they are not very popular. I've seen them sell for $50 because the pawn shop types thought they were off key Bb sops.I'm not particularly sure that a brand new E&R C soprano will be VASTLY better than a 1925 Buescher C soprano that costs half as much. It could be, though: time will tell.
Interesting. I wonder if that means he's pretty confident about the quality of workmanship. I would think it does, but you never know.Benedikt Eppelsheim told me he does the final construction of these C sopranos, meaning leveling toneholes, engraving.
You know, there's probably a 12 step program near you that could help Randy. ;-) "Hi I'm Randy. I'm a saxaholic. It's been 2 months, 3 days and 4 hours since I bought my last saxophone."I'm going to take the plunge, but then, I'm a maniac.
Actually, it's been about 6 months, and you know what the last one was. The slide sax has turned out to be in great condition, but I can't play it competently yet. Snub Mosely made it sound more like a trombone.Interesting. I wonder if that means he's pretty confident about the quality of workmanship. I would think it does, but you never know.
You know, there's probably a 12 step program near you that could help Randy. ;-) "Hi I'm Randy. I'm a saxaholic. It's been 2 months, 3 days and 4 hours since I bought my last saxophone."