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Saxophones Armstrong Tenor

jonf

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I've just bought an Armstrong tenor, a made in the USA one. I'd put in a rather low bid on eBay, didn't get it, but then got a second (or, rather third) chance offer for my original bid. Turned out that the original Muscovite buyer couldn't complete. Picked it up on Friday. Looking at the serial number it's a 1992 sax, it was sold as needing a service and it certainly does, but it does blow, after a fashion. Currently has a rubber band helping out the rather feeble G# closing spring, but other than that it is more or less OK, and the pads are all good. Very few dents/dings. Feels a bit crude, but has a pretty robust tone. Blasts out quite well with my Durga on it. It's a bit like a 1980s Eastern European horn, questionable construction and ergonomics, but a pretty forceful sound when you give it the beans.

Anyone else ever had one/played one?
 

Ads

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Only seen the Clarinets , aren`t they related to "Artley" (another USA budget clarinet maker) ..
 

thomsax

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If it's a 1992 tenor then it's built by UMI. A 3000 model?
 

DavidUK

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Some of these later UMI Armstrong horns were identical to the later post-Mexico Conn 16M, also built by UMI at the same time in Elkhart, after the manufacturing had been moved back from Nogales by Daniel Henkin, but the last were supposed to be in 1991. What's the serial number?
Bell keys on the l/h side?
 

kevgermany

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They used o make good flutes, but the only stories I heard about their saxes were pretty poor.
 
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