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Dr G

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As someone who has carried the GAS virus for decades now, I was recently surprised to realize that I've been playing the same tenor, a Borgani Jubilee (s/n 187xxJ), for 7+ years. I am on a wait list to have my silverplate Borgani Jubilee tenor overhauled so I used that as an excuse to get another Jubilee ("Vintage", s/n 19xxxJ) to get me through until my #1 tenor is done.

How's that for justifying a NEED for another tenor? >:)

I've long pooh-poohed the delacquer craze as I prefer my horns shiny, but I must admit that there is something wonderful going on with this horn. Whether due to the lack of finish, the pad/reso selection, or the neck, this tenor has a very different voice for a horn made within one year of my #1.

Any other Borg' players here?
 

kevgermany

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Davey used to rave about them, but he's got a new love now.
 

thesaxman71

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funny you should say that as i have just delaq'd a Borgani super from the 70's. looks great rich tone too...
 

daveysaxboy

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Davey used to rave about them, but he's got a new love now.

I still do Kev. Still in my top list of tenors. I talk to our Borg leader Dr G a lot, top guy. Had many many Borg chats with him. I'm a A ndy Sheppard horn man now though and not changing, yes I said it. I feel very very sure about that fact as its just my drean tenor, mp combo.
 

Greg Strange

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I still do Kev. Still in my top list of tenors. I talk to our Borg leader Dr G a lot, top guy. Had many many Borg chats with him. I'm a A ndy Sheppard horn man now though and not changing, yes I said it. I feel very very sure about that fact as its just my drean tenor, mp combo.

I was going to say Davey's having a bromance with Andy Sheppard at the moment...:)))

I've been keeping my eye on a Borgani "B" stock tenor in satin silver on the Thomann website for quite a while - looks tempting although I own too many tenors for an alto player...:shocked:

Greg S.
 

Dr G

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I've been keeping my eye on a Borgani "B" stock tenor in satin silver on the Thomann website for quite a while - looks tempting although I own too many tenors for an alto player...:shocked:

I'm guessing that is the silver pearl finish - not a matte or satin finish at all. My first Borgani Jubilee was a silver pearl model, s/n 409J. Borgani used to describe it's character as "briestly". I never did find out what that meant but I'd have to concur that it certainly was!

As a friend of mine once said, "Borgani - It's a life style."

Try one - unless you're afraid that it brings out the hidden tenorist in you. >:)
 

Dr G

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Nothing but love for Borgani!

I had the pleasure of visiting with a friend of mine for four days of intense tenor playing. He has a collection of 30+ tenors, and we spent as many hours a day as we could comparing horns and mouthpieces. Amazing.

Tenors included many lovely early Mk VIs, Super Balanced Actions, and Balanced Actions; King Super 20 and SilverSonic, Conn 10Ms, and two Borgani Jubilees (silver pearl OBT and UL "J"). My freshly overhauled UL Jubilee wowed us both by consistently delivering a broad range of great tones and dynamic response with a wide variety of mouthpieces. My top picks, in no particular order, were a 56,000 very dark original lac Mk VI, a 98% original silver plate Balanced Action, a full pearl Super 20, and the unlacquered Borgani Jubilee. My friend might chose a slightly different Balanced Action in the final four, but the Borgani won him over as well. In fact, after the visit, he decided that he'll be selling off several of the Mk VI tenors.

We both prefer the darker, lusher side of tones, so the mouthpiece selections were interesting as well. There were dozens of Links (TM, STM) as well as several Dukoff Stubbies, and a nice set of Sakshama Stubbie, Ring, and Florida models. A standout was a Ted Klum Handcraft FocusTone. Our favorite non-metal pieces included a set of Lamberson J6/J7 (mine)/J8 (formerly mine).

It's a fine day when you can walk into a situation like that, then walk away knowing that your setup of choice (Lamberson/Borgani) is indeed the best for you - a sure cure for GAS.

Cheers!
 

HugoFirst

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Re: Nothing but love for Borgani!

Congrats Dr G. what a great way to confirm your setup!!!
I am very envious, 4 days of sax heaven!!! For me that would be a dream vacation.
 

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