- Harrisonburg, VA
I think the 400 have more overtones, more power in the low and mid register. Grafton has a more "direct" and focused tone. Punchy in the upper register. I have just played a Grafton once (not playable from bottom to top) and I think it had some Martin Comm feeling. Very low chimneys on the Grafton. So are the chimneys on a Committee as well. Fast key action?
The molding process for the Grafton body favors low chimneys. The squishy pads and the difference between the diameters of pad and tone hole, determine the minimum chimney height.Perhaps the "low chimneys" are a result of the fat body wall ?
I had the pads replaced on mine by @Stephen Howard as the squishiness is not nice. I don't think he enjoyed that work (although it was his idea in the first place).The squishiness of the pads and the increasing fragility of the body make the Grafton one of the rare saxophones that do not reward gorilla grip.
The chimneys look to be about the same as on the Buescher. Yes the fat body makes the chimneys look shallower from the outside of course, but the distance from top edge of chimney to internal box appears to be the same.