- Near Lutterworth, Leics.
Just tried the newly arrived 1973 SDA which I bought yesterday - a pawn shop find would you believe! Can't bring myself to tell you what I paid for it. Some here would have a heart attack! ;}
Lightning fast fingering, lovely sound. Now I know what the phrase "almost plays itself" means! This is the first sax I've played (and there have been a few!) which may eclipse my Buffet 400.
I had no problem getting air through it but compared to the Buffet 400 it is a little less...erm... raucous for the same amount of air. The 400's keywork is also not as lightly set as the SDA. Hadn't noticed this before.
Can't find a thing wrong with it mechanically. Strange that is has posts directly mounted on the body and not on ribs? Is that something to do with its age?
It came with a Selmer Soloist Style D MP but although I like my tenor F Soloist very much, the alto "Style" version wasn't my cup of tea. I think it's the original MP supplied with the SDA? Also tried a S80 C** I happened to have but again not good for me. It's probably me rather than these MPs!
This sax had been brought in to the shop by a lady who said it had belonged to her grandmother. For me, it knocks the YAS-62 I tried a few weeks ago into a cocked hat.
I'm impressed. I'll see what my tutor says on Thursday when he has a go. I need to spend a few hours more comparing it to the 400 too.
What have I done? The Buffet may have surpassed the Buffet!! :shocked:
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