Thank you so much for this very informative article! Found what I was looking for: info on my Grassi Prestige Baritone (low A, serial number 47826, silver plated body & neck with gold lackered keys!), According to the research in this article it was produced 1983-86. It has a really enormous sound, because of which fellow musicians called it "the monster". After getting used to it and having some adjustments made (exactly as described in a previous review), I used it a lot (in sax4, Jazz 5tet and salsa Bigband setting), Finally and with pain in the heart, the time has come to sell this great instrument. Is there anybody out there who can estimate its value? I woul be greatfull
Just to add a hint for people lookig for a Professional 2000 bari - I have a Bb model ser#68872 and I love it, it's every bit as good as described above in this nice presentation of a very confusing brand history. BUT - bare in mind you'll have to visit your tech in order to tweak the ridiculous ergonomics! I have fairly big hands and still had to spend arround 2 hours at my tech's carefully bending the arms of the finger touches closer to make it playable at it's full potential. Luckily they're long and soft enough it was possible... Also made a custom, significantly longer brass thumb hook as the factory one didn't really work well for my (big) hands... other than those two design flaws (at least in my case) I must tell that, even so big, this is one of the most temperamental and exciting saxophones I ever played!!! Somewhat like Italian racing cars - (initially) uncomfortable, but oh man! the sound and performance make you forget all about it!