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Saxophones Grassi made Evette? - Can't say I've seen one before.

jthole

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Would not surprise me if that was a Grassi indeed. Probably @JayeNM or @milandro would know.

I know Evettes were made in Italy as well, but I thought mainly by Santoni. But this doesn't look like a Santoni horn. Several Grassi design clues indeed, as you say.
 

milandro

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Grassi may have sourced parts in the same place as Santoni and Rampone.

Grassi has been known to have made the least stencils ( saxophones, lots of flutes) of all the companies in the area.
 

JayeNM

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Evette made in Italy are generally made by Alfredo Santoni
But if you look at the photos in the auction which David provided above ?

That horn is a Grassi, 100%. It's their standard ol' model , a "jade without the jade" basically. I literally have one on my bench right now....

IF it plays well (seller claims it does), I dunno why you think price is bad, David (?) it is a pretty darn good price for one in playing shape, cleaned, and apparently nice aesthetic shape. One ding just below bell ferrule is maybe a 20 quid repair, one can even ask the seller if they can have that taken care of....

I sell these refurbed for $550-600, nobody blinks an eye.
This one is the equivalent of around $455usd.

A good take, IMHO.
 
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DavidUK

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@JayeNM - if it's a standard stencil it may be OK for the price but not a bargain buy for me. Remember, I only pay near the market price if I'm actually after a horn or it's on my "if one ever comes up at a good price" list.
It does have rarity value, but rare often means unpopular and hence a lower price attainable.
 

JayeNM

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But if you look at the photos in the auction which David provided above ?

That horn is a Grassi, 100%. It's their standard ol' model , a "jade without the jade" basically. I literally have one on my bench right now...

A good take, IMHO.

@JayeNM - if it's a standard stencil it may be OK for the price but not a bargain buy for me. Remember, I only pay near the market price if I'm actually after a horn or it's on my "if one ever comes up at a good price" list.
It does have rarity value, but rare often means unpopular and hence a lower price attainable.
Gotcha, you literally meant "for Me", as opposed to the more generalized "not a recommended take at that price for anyone"
 

DavidUK

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I always forget others are prepared to pay market price 'cos they want it now.
Whereas I don't generally want anything, until one comes up at a third of the usual price. Half price is generally my max. Amazing what you can find if you search but it is time consuming as you're no doubt aware.
 

JayeNM

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Yup. I guess I would note, if it is in respectable playing shape, it's actually below market cost, which is why it's a pretty good take.

The interesting thing here, and I mentioned it on another thread about Evettes somehwere...is that, timeline wise, it seems Buffet sometime in the 70's probably lost Santoni as their sub (the company ceased in '76, I believe ?) , and was fishing around for a new subcontractor.

I have also seen mid/late 70's/early 80's Conns engraved "Evette".

This Grassi would seem to be somewhere from that general period, so now we know they gave Grassi a go at least for a short time....
 
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